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Ten Nottingham car parks to get Public Space Protection Orders after reports of ASB, begging, urination and drug use

Nottingham car parks – Nottingham City Council to implement PSPOs ( Public Space Protection Orders ) on 10 city car parks after reports of ASB, urination and drug use. 

The council has previously introduced some specific measures that help tackle detrimental behaviours within the city centre, such as the Management of Nottingham City Centre Public Spaces Protection Order that allows authorised officers to deal with a variety of behaviours that are having a detrimental effect on the quality of the lives of those living in, working in or visiting the city centre.

However, following evidence and complaints from a number of sources, the Council has identified a number of activities and behaviours that are taking place in some city centre car parks including thefts of and from motor vehicles, drug use activity including discarded drug paraphernalia, urination and defecation and other anti-social behaviour and or begging.

Evidence of crime and anti-social behaviour recorded in the identified city centre car parks, including an analysis produced by Community Protection’s Crime and Intelligence Team, reports from front line staff involved in uniformed patrols of the car parks and security staff that are operating and conducting mobile patrols within the car parks, indicate that there are a variety of on-going behaviours occurring in those car parks that are having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those living in, working in or visiting the city centre and using those car parks.

In the course of patrols  between January 2019 and November 2019, Community Protection Officers and Police Officers removed 626 individuals who have been within the Proposed Restricted car parks without valid reason, and potentially causing bona fide users of those car parks harassment, alarm and distress.

Essentially the PSPO allows for anyone who is at the car parks without a legitimate reason to be issued a PCN ( Penalty Charge Notice ) for £100.

Lace Market Car Park ( Fletcher Gate )  © westbridgfordwire.com
Lace Market Car Park ( Fletcher Gate )
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Nottingham car parks

· With a view to preventing and or reducing the detrimental effects reported at
those identified city centre car parks, formal consultation has been undertaken on a proposal to introduce a PSPO to control access to the following ten city centre car parks:

NCP Mount Street car park, Mount Street, Nottingham, NG1 6HG
· NCP St James Street car park and NCP St James Street car park 2, 5 St James’ Street, Nottingham, NG1 6EY
· NCP Maid Marian Way car park (previously known as Arndale Centre car park), Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, NG1 6AE
· Lace Market car park (previously known as Fletcher Gate car park), Pilcher Gate, Nottingham, NG1 1QE
· NCP Stoney Street car park, Stoney Street, Nottingham, NG1 1LSTrinity Square car park, North Church Street, Nottingham, NG1 4AF
· Trinity Square car park, North Church Street, Nottingham, NG1 4AF
· NCP Huntingdon Street car park, Union Road, Nottingham, NG3 1FG
· Crowne Plaza car park, Wollaton Street, Nottingham, NG1 5RH
· Euro car park, Upper Parliament Street, Nottingham, NG1 6LD SIP car park (Avalon Court), 5 Kent Street, Nottingham, NG1 3LS

 

The report details the outcome of that formal consultation, and recommends that a PSPO to restrict access to the above ten city centre car parks is made.

Any breaches of the prohibitions and restrictions contained within the Proposed PSPO will be determined by an authorised officer of Nottingham City Council or Nottinghamshire Police, and breach of a PSPO is an offence.

The Proposed PSPO will only apply to the Proposed Restricted Car Parks. Car parks that are not listed in the Proposed PSPO will not be affected by the proposed restrictions in the Proposed PSPO.

The Broadmarsh car park is currently being rebuilt and Nottingham Station car park is already subjected to controls under Train Byelaws. Neither of the aforementioned car parks can be able to be added to the Proposed PSPO without evidence that behaviour at those car parks meets the test for a PSPO.

A brief summary of the consultation shows that 100% of the people that took the time to complete the survey were in favour of the restrictions set out in the First Draft PSPO being implemented in relation to the Proposed Restricted Car Parks. 78% of those people had indeed experienced Anti-Social Behaviour within city centre car parks during the last 12 months.

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