Last Chance To Have Your Say On Plans To Crack Down On Anti-social Behaviour In Skipton Car Park

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Residents have just a few days left to comment on Craven District Council’s consultation on plans to tackle anti-social behaviour in the High Street Car Park, in Skipton.

The Council is considering implementing a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) on the car park, after a number of complaints from residents about noise and nuisance in the area.

The order would allow the Council to introduce a range of measures to address anti-social behaviour issues and help improve the car park for residents and users. This could include on-the-spot fines for people who break conditions of use for the area.

A similar order was introduced in Coach Street car park in Skipton last year following consultation.

Paul Ellis, Director of Services at Craven District Council, said: “We are consulting on plans to tackle anti-social behaviour in the High Street car park with a PSPO and we would like to hear people’s views on the idea.

“The consultation has been sent to nearby residents and businesses and can still be downloaded from our website, so if you have an opinion, please let us know.”

PSPOs were introduced as part of a range of measures in the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, and are intended to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a public place.

A PSPO should deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular area that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area.

A copy of the consultation document can be downloaded at www.cravendc.gov.uk/pspo and can be sent to the Council by post at Belle Vue Square, or emailed to the council at pspo@cravendc.gov.uk .

The consultation period has been extended but will end on September 30, 2017, and a summary of responses will be published.

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  1. Speaking as somebody who grew up in and around Skipton, surely having areas geared towards older children, teenagers and young adults, that don’t require money in their pockets, rather than everything in Skipton catering for either the elderly, small children and tourists would make sense and decrease the complaints. And not just one area or activity. Allowing kids to avoid each other if they want to. Perhaps the authorities should look at the social studies that have been implemented in Iceland etc. Before repeating what they did in Skipton bus station ten years ago with the buzzer to discourage youngsters from hanging around, that was counterproductive due to all the kids and their school buses. So whatever they do they really need to put some thought into why they are having issues with anti social behaviour, and ways that they can deal with it without either making it worse or simply transferring the problem elsewhere. Along with considering the way that the antisocial behaviour is manifesting.

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