A consultation on Public Space Protection Orders to deter unauthorised encampments has begun.
Central Park’s Love Field, Prince Rock playing fields and land at William Prance Road are the first sites to be selected as part of a new policy adopted by the Council in January.
These PSPOs, coupled with the development of temporary stopping spaces, will allow the Council to manage unauthorised encampments more effectively and take quicker action to move encampments on to more appropriate sites.
The four week consultation launches from Monday 25 February, and gives residents and businesses the chance to feedback on the proposals for their area.
Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet member for Housing and Cooperative Development, said: “I’m really pleased to be able to present these PSPOs to the public.
“There has been a lot of talk on this for a number of years so to actually implement a policy, get out there with new ideas and make positive changes to the way we do things is especially satisfying.”
These three sites have been chosen because, as per the terms of the policy, they have been occupied three or more times in the past 18 months.
PSPOs can only be issued by local authorities and give the police and the Council additional powers to clamp down on certain anti-social behaviours.
Subject to the consultation responses, the terms of these PSPOs are likely to prohibit:
• Occupying any vehicle, caravan, tent or other structure
• Driving any vehicle on grass without lawful authority
• Littering or fly tipping
• Lighting and maintaining a fire
• Defecating or urinating
Breaching a PSPO is a criminal offence under the Anti-Social, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and a Fixed Penalty Notice can be issued or a summons served.
Whilst this consultation is on-going, temporary stopping spaces options will be explored and then followed by a further consultation in the coming months.
The draft order, a consultation document and consultation questionnaire is available online at www.plymouth.gov.uk/communitiesandneighbourhoods/communityconnections/gypsyandtravellersites