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Public Spaces Protection Order – Town Centre Renewal/Revision
- Appendix 1: Maidstone Town Centre Public Spaces Protection Order Consultation 2020, item 52 PDF 704 KB View as HTML (52/2) 70 KB
- Appendix 2: Proposed PSPO Draft, item 52 PDF 64 KB View as HTML (52/3) 27 KB
The Community Protection Manager introduce the report, with the results of the Public Consultation shown in Appendix 1 to the report. Reference was made to the previous item on the Committee’s agenda, whereby it was hoped that the “Ward Clusters” agreed would capture the concerns of Ward Members that had the largest footing in the PSPO boundary. It was noted that if necessary, the PSPO could be expanded further within the next three years.
Councillor Kimmance addressed the Committee as a Visiting Member and expressed concerns regarding the PSPOs success. The Head of Housing and Community Services responded that positive feedback had been received from local businesses and the night-time economy on the effectiveness of the PSPO. It was noted that the Council worked with and have funded positions within Change Grow Live (CGL) to assist in providing help to individuals, rather than enforcement, when appropriate.
In response to questions, the Community Protection Manager confirmed that the Business Improvement District (BID) Ambassadors had been trained in the completion of warning forms and intelligence sharing as part of the PSPO. There were some minor amendments necessary to the Memorandum before it would be implemented.
1. The Head of Housing and Community Services be given delegated authority to extend the existing Public Space Protection Order for a further three years; and
2. The Chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee be recommended to waive the call-in period arising from the publication of the Meeting’s Minutes in order that the PSPO can be extended before 1 September 2020.