Corby Borough Council’s Neighbourhood Management and Community Safety team have carried out a review of the Public Spaces Protection Order which has been in place on the Town Centre and surrounding area since 2015.
A consultation exercise was carried out with the Police, and other public bodies as well as the community and the decision has been taken to extend the Order for a further period of three years in its current format.
A copy of the Order and a map of the area it covers is available to view on the Council’s website: https://www.corby.gov.uk/home/housing-and-neighbourhood-services/community-safety/public-spaces-protection-order-town-centre
The PSPO gives authorised officers such as Neighbourhood Warden’s, PCSO’s and Police Officers the powers to tackle anti-social drinking within the restricted area, as well as begging. The conditions in the Order state that it is an offence for:
- Persons to be in possession of open containers with alcohol in, within the area covered by the PSPO
- Persons to drink, consume or take intoxicating substances within the area covered by the PSPO
- Persons to act in a manner that causes alarm, harassment or distress as a result of consuming alcohol or taking intoxicating substances
- Persons to beg within the area covered by the PSPO
Leader of Corby Borough Council, Cllr Tom Beattie, said:
“The Public Space Protection Order has been successfully used to tackle this behaviour for 3 years and Corby Borough Council wants to continue to work with the Police to see further reductions in incidents. Thank you to everyone who took part in the consultation and helping us reach the decision to extend the PSPO on the Town Centre until November 2021.”