Town centre begging and pooing in public ban out for consultation

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Burnley town centre
Burnley town centre

Residents are being consulted on the terms of a ban on begging, urinating or defecating in public, and the misuse of bicycles and skateboards in a town centre.

The existing Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that covers Burnley town centre is due for renewal in October.

Following a review by council officers the public have now been asked to give their opinion.

The review can be accessed via the Burnley Council website and runs to the end of the month.

Originally imposed in November 2016 to tackle anti-social behaviour and already extended once, its covers Burnley town centre.

It allows the council and police to use powers to stamp out anti-social behaviour including begging, unsolicited charity collection, youths hanging around after 11pm and people urinating or defecating in the street.

A Burnley Council spokesman said: "The PSPO gives council and police officers added powers to deal with anti-social behaviour in the town centre and make it safer for everyone to enjoy."

The local authority hopes to have the new PSPO will be ready for approval and in place for the expiry of the existing order.

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