Anti-so­cial youths plague club

Macclesfield Express - - YOUR PICTURES -

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

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