Wigan Council consulted on the possibility of making a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in Wigan town centre and Leigh town centre. This consultation ended on 31st May 2016. A decision will be made about these once all of the data is collated and discussed by Wigan Council and its partner agencies.
A PSPO is a new provision, created by the 2014 Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, which is intended to deal with any particular nuisances or problems in a defined area that are detrimental to the local community’s quality of life. This is done by imposing conditions on the use of that area which applies to everyone. The aim is to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in public places.
A PSPO can cover multiple restrictions. One order can prohibit several different activities. Enforcement can be undertaken by council officers, and other groups the council may designate, but principally Police Officers and PCSOs. The police will also have the addition power to detain.
Consultation took place during May 2016 with persons invited to comment on the proposals to deal with anti-social behaviour within the proposed areas of Wigan and Leigh. Over 600 residents completed a survey with over 300 of these providing specific comments. Over 90% of responders were in favour of the implementation of the Orders.
We have extended the geographical areas to be covered by the Orders in response to comments we have received. In addition a number of other issues in the locations have been raised by responders and these are also being dealt with by the appropriate means. The results of each consultation are available to read below.