RESIDENTS are being urged to give their opinion on low-level anti-social behaviour.

The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), was introduced in 2016 and covers some of the surrounding areas of the town centre. The order gives the council and police additional powers to tackle low-level anti-social behaviour.

The current order expires in March 2019 and needs to be reviewed before it can be extended.

A public consultation began yesterday and will be open for 40 days, until December 9. The aim is to gather information about which issues are of most concern to residents and businesses.

Coun Jenny Platts said: “The Public Spaces Protection Order we introduced in 2016 has been effective in helping us achieve a notable reduction in anti-social behaviour in the town centre.

"It is important to stress that the PSPO, if approved, will continue to not be used as a punishment and we will always offer the appropriate help and support for underlying issues to those who need it.

"We want the views of as many local people as possible to help form the future of the PSPO to keep the town centre vibrant and make it a safe place to live, work and visit.”

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