Public Spaces Protection OrderNotice ID: MFN0580450
Public Spaces Protection Order
Extension No 2 Of 2020 Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014
Notice is hereby given that Wigan Borough Council ("the Council") has extended the original Public Spaces Protection Order No. 2 of 2016 - Leigh Town Centre (previously extended for one year in October 2019) for a further period of three years under Section 60 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 ("the Act"). The land shown on the map available for inspection at Wigan Town Hall, Library Street, Wigan and being Leigh Town Centre is land to which the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 applies and will be protected by the extension of this Order. The Order may be cited as the Public Spaces Protection Order Extension No. 2 of 2020 came into force at 12 noon on the 17th October 2020 for a duration of three years.
The effect of the Order is to prohibit the following activities:
1. Any person found to have possession of an intoxicating substance within the Protected Area must surrender an intoxicating substance to an authorised person on request, if;
(a) they are found to be ingesting, inhaling, injecting, smoking or otherwise using intoxicating substances; or
(b) they are found in possession of such intoxicating substances with the intent of using intoxicating substances within this area; or
(c) the authorised person has reasonable grounds to believe that such person is using or intended to use the intoxicating substance within the said area.
Exemptions shall apply in cases where the substances are valid and demonstrable medicinal use, given to an animal as a medicinal remedy, are cigarettes or vaporisers (tobacco products), or are food stuffs regulated by food safety legislation, or where the use of the intoxicating substances fall within the curtilage of a premises licensed for the sale and consumption of alcohol and within the operating hours of such.
2. All persons within the Protection Area are prohibited from approaching another person either in person or verbally in order to make an unauthorised request for money (either by asking or implying, including having a sign) in a public place from people they do not know.
3. All persons within the Protected Area are not to behave either individually or in a group of two or more people in a manner that has resulted in or is likely to result in any member of the public being intimidated, harassed, alarmed or distressed by that behaviour.
(a) If a person is deemed to breach this provision of the order, an authorised officer may;
(i) order any individual or all members of a group to disperse;
order any individual or all members of a group to disperse;
(if) order any individual or all members of a group to disperse and leave the designated area if they live outside of it;
(iii) order any individual or all members of a group to disperse and leave the designated area if they live outside of it and not return until a specified time. The specified time will not exceed 24 hours.
(b) For those persons who live within the designated area the authorised officer may order any individual or all members of a group to disperse.
If a person is found in breach of any conditions of the order they shall under section 63 and/or 67 of the Act is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale or fixed penalty notice.
Dated this 29th day of October 2020
B WHITWORTH, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR - LEGAL