Public spaces protection order to start in Colburn next month

The Broadway in Colburn.

An order to tackle serious anti-social behaviour problems in the Colburn and Brough with St Giles area will start next month.

The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) – which also includes the area around the Broadway shops – will go live on March 19.

The order will give Police and Council officers the power to move groups on, fine them for unruly behaviour and prevent certain activities.

Over 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 behaviour and large groups of youths congregating.

Eggs and other objects have also been thrown at – and into – Broadway businesses and shops.

The two year order – which will include 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 abusing people
  • Congregation in groups and 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

  • The restricted area in Colburn under the new PSPO.