In January, Gloucester City Council launched a consultation to find out what residents and businesses think about new proposals to make sure the city centre is safe and welcoming for all.
The consultation will gather people’s views on whether a public space protection order (PSPO) should be used to deter problematic behaviour in Gloucester’s public spaces. The order could provide the City Council and partner agencies with the use of dispersal powers and the ability to issue fixed penalty notices for offences such as littering, anti-social behaviour and the consumption of alcohol in public.
The proposed PSPO zone covers most of the city centre, including: Gloucester Park, the Docks, the bus and train stations and a section of London Road. However, the geographical area to be covered by the PSPO, as well as the terms of what behaviours and penalties it covers, are subject to change based on the feedback during the consultation.
Gloucester City Council is holding a consultation drop-in event this Friday 23rd February from 12 – 3pm at Gloucester Guildhall. Staff will also be available on Eastgate Street for anyone that would like to take part in the consultation and will be able to answer any questions you may have about the proposal of a PSPO.
Cllr Jennie Watkins, cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods, said: “We welcome everyone’s thoughts on how we could best use a PSPO to keep our city even safer, vibrant and welcoming space for residents, businesses and visitors to enjoy.
“At this stage, the only costs associated is staff time to evaluate the consultation. The results of which will inform us on whether to introduce a PSPO into the city and, if initiated, what the PSPO will cover. I would like to encourage people to come along to our drop-in event this Friday and let us know your thoughts or complete the online survey so that we can provide the city with the protection residents want and deserve.”
All of the feedback we receive, in whatever format, will be closely evaluated so it’s important that the council hears from as many people in the community as possible. The consultation will close on Monday 2nd April.
The current proposed PSPO, maps of the proposed areas to be covered by the city council and the consultation can be accessed at the following link: www.gloucester.gov.uk/council/more/Pages/Current-Consultations.aspx.