Councillors have approved an order which will ban groups of youths from congregating in Colburn.
It is hoped the measures will reduce serious anti-social behaviour problems in the area.
Members of Richmondshire District Council’s Corporate Board last night gave the go ahead for the introduction of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for the area around the Broadway shops.
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The Order will give police and council officers the power to move groups on, fine them for unruly behaviour – and prevent certain activities.
Councillors were told that in the last nine months there have been more than 200 reports of youths behaving in an anti-social way around the Broadway shops area – which has also affected Colburn Library, residents of local flats and the Colburn Business Park.
It has included underage drinking, verbal and racial abuse, intimidation of younger and older people, abusive language, aggressive behavior and large groups of youths congregating. Eggs and other objects have also been thrown at – and into – Broadway businesses and shops.
“This is the first time we have taken this step – but we must protect the local community and the quality of their life,” said council leader, Councillor Yvonne Peacock.
“By imposing conditions through the order we can give the police and our council officers more powers to disperse the troublemakers – and impose fines when the order is breached.”
The two year order – which will cover the Broadway area, Colburn Business Park, the Chase and Albemarle – will ban:
Behaviour that causes – or could cause – harassment, annoyance, distress or harm
Threatening or abusive people
- Congregation in groups of youths under the age of 17 behaving anti socially
Continued consumption of alcohol when asked to stop by an authorized officer
Throwing of objects likely to cause damage, injury or nuisance to people, animals or buildings