Anti-street-drinking measures for 13 areas in Leeds to be extended

Restrictions aimed at preventing street drinking in 13 areas across Leeds look set to be extended next month.

Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 5:33 pm
Updated Tuesday, 27th October 2020, 5:36 pm

A report by Leeds City Council officers suggests continuing Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in areas as diverse as Armley, Pudsey, Horsforth and Harehills.

Each order, originally introduced in October 2017, prohibits the consumption of alcohol in public places, in an attempt to tackle antisocial behaviour.

Armley and Harehills have additional prohibitions to prevent household waste bins being left in the street for long periods of time.

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Armley is included in the list of areas.

Such orders only last for up to three years though, which has led to their review and impending renewal.

Other areas where the orders exist include the city centre, Burmantofts, Farsley, Garforth and Swillington, Guiseley, Kippax and Allerton Bywater, Otley, Wetherby, and Yeadon.

A report, which went before Leeds City Council decision-makers, stated: “These Public Spaces Protection Orders are proposed as part of a range of measures to tackle alcohol related anti-social behaviour, and other issues of antisocial behaviour across Leeds.

“All PSPO terms and geographical ‘restricted areas’ have the broad support of West Yorkshire Police and Community Safety partners including Ward Members.”

The PSPOs include restrictions on individuals being in public parts of St James’s Hospital in possession of controlled drugs or refusing to leave following medical treatment.

Speaking about the plans back in August, Coun Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council’s executive board member for communities, said: “Since introducing 13 PSPOs in October 2017, we’ve seen some really positive results in terms of tackling a range of issues that were found to be having a negative impact on the lives of residents and their communities.

“As part of the terms of the legislation we are reviewing each of the PSPOs as they approach their third year in operation to assess how they have done and the potential to extend. In some instances we are also proposing some additional prohibitions to be added to some individual PSPOs. With that in mind, we would welcome the thoughts of residents regarding the PSPOs established in their communities, and also regarding any further potential alterations that are being proposed.”

The PSPOs are expected to be reintroduced before November 16, 2020.