Anti-social youths plague club
A SPORTS club plagued by anti-social youths is to be monitored by the council under special new powers.
Poynton Sports Club claims ‘young adults’ frequently attend the club in vehicles or on foot and use the car park antisocially, intimidating other visitors.
Club officials have evidence of littering, use of legal highs, inconsiderate parking and disrespect to club members.
Cheshire East Council is planning to put a ‘Public Space Protection Order’ (PSPO) on the club, which hosts football, tennis, cricket and bowls.
The order will give council officers the power to issue on-the-spot fines to people who they deem to be causing a disturbance.
This includes rowdiness, the use of drugs in public places, legal highs, alcohol abuse, noise nuisance and joyriding.
The violation of a PSPO is a criminal offence and would result in a £100 fine.
It will also eliminate the need for court proceedings or civil action.
Cheshire East Council leader Michael Jones said: “These are tough new measures which we intend to enforce robustly on behalf of the decent residents and families of Cheshire East who do not wish to have their lives disturbed day after day by gangs and individuals who have no thought for others.
“But I would stress that there are often young victims as a result of this trend in the use of legal highs and peer pressure from gangs and it is those young people that I want my council to reach out to – to help them to lead normal and healthy lives and receive the support they need.”
The council communities and enforcement teams with these powers include environmental protection officers, trading standards, planning, housing officers and even park rangers.
The measures were introduced by Government last year to help councils crack down on troublemakers.
●● Macclesfield MP David Rutley opens the revamped civic centre with Poynton mayor Coun Rebecca Horsman-Johnson and Cheshire East Deputy Mayor Coun Olivia Hunter
●● On the spot fines can now be issued to youths behaving anti-socially at Poynton Sports Club