Your Leeds: New orders to tackle drink, drugs and bins

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Leeds communities blighted by anti social behaviour have given an overwhelming thumbs up to a new crackdown which could mean ASBO-style measures are introduced in 18 areas of the city.

Seventy-five per cent of respondents to a council survey on the planned PSPOs (public space protection orders) supported the zero-tolerance approach, the YEP has learned.

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The orders – in the first instance – ban people from drinking alcohol or having alcohol in an open container while in certain streets and public spaces, with penalties of between £100 and £1,000 for those caught breaking the rules. In Leeds city centre the measures would make clear that psychoactive substances, formerly known as “legal highs”, cannot be taken.

But in Harehills and Armley, the scope of the orders could also ban people from leaving their bins in the street outside of set hours.

The survey received a response from 1,117 people, 76 per cent of which supported a PSPO plan.

It has been recommended that the council’s Director of Communities and Environment, James Rogers, approve the proposals. They would take effect from October 18.

Leeds City Council’s executive member for communities, Coun Debra Coupar, said:“We are very pleased that more than a thousand people took part in this consultation and that 76 per cent of the responses were in support of creating Public Space Protection Orders in Leeds.

“They will form part of our strategy of tackling anti-social behaviour in our public spaces and will also help to make our neighbourhoods cleaner and more attractive so we look forward to seeing them introduced.”

Paula Dillon, President of Leeds Chamber Commerce.

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