Are you bit­ter about lit­ter? Us too

Rob Hall, Head of the Safer­Peter­bor­ough Preven­tion and En­force­ment Ser­vice.

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - CITYBEAT -

Two of the top five is­sues peo­ple in Peter­bor­ough tell us they are con­cerned about are lit­ter­ing and anti-so­cial be­hav­iour. Recog­nis­ing what is im­por­tant to peo­ple is cru­cial to what we do in the Safer­Peter­bor­ough Preven­tion and En­force­ment Ser­vice (PES).

One of the ways we are try­ing to tackle th­ese prob­lems is with the in­tro­duc­tion of what we call Pub­lic Spa­ces Pro­tec­tion Or­ders which we some­times re­fer to as PSPOs. And they do ex­actly what it says on the tin - they pro­tect our pub­lic spa­ces.

You will, I’m sure, have heard about the city cen­tre PSPO which has been hugely suc­cess­ful - even some of the scep­tics have changed their minds! So now, build­ing on this, we have im­ple­mented an­other PSPO which cov­ers the ar­eas of Mill­field, New Eng­land, Glad­stone, Lin­coln Road, Cen­tral Park and the Em­bank­ment. From Mon­day, if you are caught lit­ter­ing or caus­ing anti-so­cial be­hav­iour you will be fined. A hefty £80 in fact. And best of all this doesn’t have to be is­sued by a po­lice con­sta­ble. King­dom and PES of­fi­cers will be pa­trolling the area ready with their hand-held de­vices and blank tick­ets.

With of­fi­cers poised and ready to go I’m sure it won’t be long un­til the first fixed penalty no­tice is is­sued. So watch this space, as we’ll be reg­u­larly up­dat­ing so­cial me­dia on the num­bers of fines is­sued.

Don’t get me wrong, we don’t want to have to fine any­one, but there are a select few who we can­not con­vince to act within the law in any other way. I’d like to make a plea to any­one who lives in Peter­bor­ough or vis­its to have a bit of pride in the city. You will be fined if you drop lit­ter and you will be fined if you spit on the pave­ment. Is it re­ally worth £80 for the plea­sure? I think not!

One per­son tweeted us re­cently say­ing it’s ‘like play­ing hop­scotch avoid­ing the phlegm on the pave­ments down Lin­coln Road. This is what we want to stop. The time has come to say enough is enough, and I think the ma­jor­ity of Peter­bo­ri­ans will agree.

And now let’s move on to the other con­di­tions of the PSPO - be­ing asked to throw away or hand over alcohol if asked to do so and be­ing asked to leave an area if you are caus­ing ha­rass­ment or dis­tress. Pub­lic ar­eas are for ev­ery­one to en­joy, this is why we’re im­ple­ment­ing the PSPO. So, if you are asked to move away from an area or hand over your booze, do it so you don’t go home with a fine. And all fines need to be paid in full within 28 days - no ex­ten­sions, no ex­cep­tions.

So, for any would-be of­fend­ers read­ing this ..... I don’t know about you, but I’ve got bet­ter things to spend £80 on.

Please think twice be­fore drop­ping that lit­ter on the floor or do­ing some­thing else that brings our city down. Just think, £80 could be spent on a night out with friends, or some new clothes, not a fine.

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