New orders to tackle street drinking and anti social behaviour across Leeds
Street drinking, putting up tents and leaving your bin out for too long could now land you a hefty fine under measures introduced by Leeds City Council.
The council has renewed 13 existing Public Spaces Protection Orders to tackle anti-social behaviour in certain areas across the city.
It has also added a new one to cover the Swillington area.
A total of 14 (PSPOs) have been granted.
These orders deal with particular issues within the area.
All 14 of the orders prohibit people consuming alcohol in public.
This affects the areas of; Armley; Burmantofts, City Centre, Farsley, Garforth, Swillington, Guiseley, Harehills, Horsforth, Kippax & Allerton Bywater, Otley, Pudsey, Wetherby, Yeadon.
Specific measures to stop household waste bins being left in the street are in place in Armley and Harehills.
A new measure against 'temporary structures' such as tents and portable shelter have been granted in the city centre.
This means people cannot put up tents without permission from Leeds city council.
In the city centre and Burmantofts, measures have been put in place to tackle anti-social behaviour at Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s University Hospital.
This means people in the hospital grounds cannot drink alcohol, take drugs, harass or cause distress, refuse to leave after medical treatment or visiting a patient and doing anything that may harm staff and patients.
These powers were first introduced in October 2017 to tackle anti-social behaviour and associated issues in designated communities .
A review has extended the PSPOs for a further three years, under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime & Policing Act 2014.
Continued failure to comply with the PSPOs could result in enforcement action being taken.
This includes a fine of up to £1,000 or being taken to court.
Councillor Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for communities, said: “PSPOs have proved to be an extremely useful tool in helping us and partners tackle anti-social behaviour and associated issues in designated communities across Leeds over the past three years in a positive and proactive way.
“I am pleased therefore that following a review which must be undertaken by law and through a public consultation, the previous 13 PSPOs which were in place, will continue, with some alterations in individual areas to tackle specific issues.
"Having listened closely to the views of residents and stakeholders, an additional PSPO will also be introduced to cover Swillington, and forms part of our commitment to take whatever steps are needed to ensure our communities continue to remain safe, and that action is taken against those involved in any form of anti-social behaviour.”