Have your say on tackling anti-social behaviour

County Councillor Richard Clewer writes: “I would urge all of you to respond to the consultation on the Public Space Protection Order.  We are considering this because of the on-going issues inside Downton and Redlynch of anti-social behaviour and the use of catapults to damage property.  A PSPO will not prevent this behaviour but it will add a further tool to the police to enable them to help address the wider anti social behaviour issues. I know that some of you are concerned that an order allowing the police to take action when people are carrying catapults could be excessive and used to target people with a legitimate reason to use a catapult (fishing for example).  I have discussed this in detail with the police and they have assured me that they would only use the powers from the PSPO to take targeted action against people carrying catapults and ball bearings or other ammunition.”

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Following the recent spate of anti-social behaviour in the area, Wiltshire Council is proposing a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) - and there is a chance for you to put forward your views in the public consultation, which is now live and open until 15 June.  You can access the consultation document on Wiltshire Council’s website, where there is also a map of the area which would be covered.  All feedback received will be considered before any final decision is made.

Cllr Ian Blair-Pilling, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Public Protection, said: "Proposing to bring in a Public Spaces Protection Order is never done lightly, but following feedback from local residents we feel it is a proportionate response to some of the activity being seen in the local area.  PSPOs aren't going to solve all problems like this, but they are a useful tool at our disposal and hopefully reassures the public, particularly those directly affected, that we take issues such as this very seriously."

Inspector Tina Osborn, from the Salisbury Community Policing Team, said: "We are always keen to work with local partners to address any community issues across the Salisbury area, and we'd be very interested to learn more about the views of local residents through this consultation work.  Tackling anti-social behaviour is a key priority for us, and a PSPO could be one tool for us to use to crack down on these sort of issues.  Please take a moment to go online and read through the proposals, so you can have your say on how both the local policing team and the local authority can work together to keep our community safe."