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Council to renew Public Spaces Protection Order

Published: 16/02/2018

City of Lincoln Council’s Executive will be asked on Monday 26 February to approve the renewal of its Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for the city centre in its current format for the next three years.

Lincoln was the first authority in the country to introduce the PSPO for the abuse of intoxicating substances, after a rise in the number of so-called ‘Legal Highs’ being reported in the city centre area.

Francesca Bell, Public Protection, Antisocial Behaviour and Licencing Service Manager said: “Many different things were taken into consideration when making a decision on whether the PSPO should continue in its current format, or whether we would need to make changes.

“For example, there was discussion as to whether or not the PSPO should be changed to include anti-social behaviour relating to vagrancy, begging and homelessness in the city.

“However, we have looked at the way other authorities in the UK have dealt with this particular matter and feel that to deal with these issues effectively we need to understand why the individuals engage in this type of behaviour.

“With this in mind we will be looking to work with partners to take a more joined-up approach to addressing the root causes of the behaviour.

“The PSPO remains a useful tool for dealing with drug and alcohol related antisocial behaviour in our city centre and that is why we are keeping it in its current format.”