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Businesses asked views on keeping city safe

Gloucester City Council has launched a consultation to find out what businesses and residents think about new proposals to make sure the city centre is safe and welcoming for all.

The consultation will gather people's views on whether a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) could be used to deter problematic behaviour in Gloucester's public spaces.

The order could provide specific partner agencies the use of dispersal powers and the ability to issue fixed penalty notices for offences such as littering, anti-social behaviour and the consumption of alcohol.

The proposed PSPO zone covers most of the city centre including Gloucester Park, the Docks, the bus and train stations and a section of London Road. However, the geographical area to be covered by the PSPO, as well as the terms of what behaviours and penalties it covers, are subject to change based on the feedback during the consultation.

The survey is now live and will remain open until Monday, 2 April. In addition, the council will be visiting groups and partners as part of the public consultation. If you are part of a group or organization who will be affected by the potential implementation of this PSPO, you can contact emily.jones@gloucester.gov.uk to request a visit.

Cllr Jennie Watkins, cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods, said: "We welcome everyone's thoughts on how we could best use a PSPO to keep our city the vibrant, welcoming space we know, love and share with other residents, businesses and visitors.

"All of the feedback we receive will be closely evaluated so it's important that we hear from as many people in the community as possible.

"A PSPO is not about stopping the vast majority of people who use public places responsibly and sociably, nor is it about punishing vulnerable people.

"Helping people to make positive choices will always be our preferred option, so we see this as a way we can deter and address some of the behaviours that have been shown to have a negative impact on our community."

The current proposed PSPO, maps of the proposed areas to be covered by the City Council and the consultation can be seen at : www.gloucester.gov.uk/council/more/Pages/Current-Consultations.aspx .

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