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Consultation on proposal for a Public Space Protection Order

Tuesday 19 December

 

Ashfield District Council is commencing a consultation period on the introduction of a Public Spaces Protection Order in exercise of its power under Anti-Social Behaviour Crime Policing Act 2014. This is designed to tackle car cruising around junction 27 of the M1.

Public Space Protection Orders are designed to stop individuals or groups of individuals committing anti-social behaviour in a public place. The proposed Public Space Protection Order would renew the exiting Dog Control Orders, Designated Public Protection Order, as well as to address the issue of public urination.

Under a Public Space Protection Order any person who fails without reasonable excuse to comply with a request from a Police Office, a Police Community Safety Officer or an authorised officer of the Authority to may commit an offence and be liable to prosecution and fine not exceeding level 3 of the Standard Scale.

We hereby invite representations on our proposals to make the following offences under the Order.

The Order seeks to prohibit car cruise events where motor vehicles congregate and any of the following activities occur:

  1. Motor vehicles are driven at excessive speed or accelerated aggressively;
  2. Motor vehicles are raced against one another;
  3. Stunts are performed in motor vehicles;
  4. Music is played on equipment installed in a motor vehicle which is audible outside the vehicle; or
  5. Motor vehicles are driven in convoy, whether side by side or in single file

So as to cause any of the following:

  1. Excessive noise;
  2. Danger to other road users;
  3. A risk of injury to any person; or
  4. A risk of damage to property.

Draft Order

Representations on the proposed Public Space Protection Order should be made to Ashfield District Council by 12 midnight on the  16th January 2018 either by writing to Community Protection (Public Consultation) Council Offices, Urban Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottingham. NG17 8DA or by email to pspo@ashfield.gov.uk.