Wirral Council is consulting on plans to introduce Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) – Deadline Sunday 9th August 2020 (midnight)

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Wirral Council is consulting on plans to introduce Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in two areas of the borough that have been affected by increased volumes of anti-social behaviour and crime for a period of 2 years.

The two areas are: The Dips in New Brighton and the other one takes in areas of West Kirby beach and Cubbins Green.

Since the introduction of government lockdown restrictions due to the Covid-19, criminal offences and complaints of anti-social behaviour have increased dramatically in these areas in particular.

Council officers have been working closely with Merseyside Police on specific operations to tackle problems when they occur and in recent weeks the Police have implemented Dispersal Zones in an effort to reduce problems.

However, Dispersal Zones are short-term solutions often lasting only a few days, which is why the council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Team is now looking to implement PSPOs to give enforcement agencies wider-reaching and longer-term powers to take action if further issues occur.

In the past four months, there has been a total of 121 reports made to Merseyside Police of anti-social behaviour in and around West Kirby beach/Cubbins Green and 112 at the Dips in New Brighton.

These complaints have included groups acting in an intimidating manner, alcohol misuse, littering, use of nitrous oxide, urination/defecation in public areas and alcohol related disorder, including criminal damage and violence offences.

We would like to get your feedback on the proposed PSPOs. Please return any feedback by mid-night Sunday 9th August via neighbour.nuisance@wirral.gov.uk or by post to Wirral Anti-Social Behaviour Team, Wallasey Police Station, Manor Road, Wallasey, CH44 1DA.

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