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Public Spaces Protection Order proposed for Skipton's Coach Street Car Park

Craven District Council is consulting on plans to crack down on anti-social behaviour in Coach Street Car Park, in Skipton.

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The council is proposing to implement a Public Spaces Protection Order on the car park, after a number of complaints from residents about noise and disruption in the area.

The order would allow the council to introduce a range of measures to address anti-social behaviour issues and help improve the car park for residents and users.

This could include on-the-spot fines for people who break conditions of use for the area.

Councillor John Dawson, ward member for Skipton North, said: "A number of local residents have complained about the noise and other problems when vehicles have been driven recklessly or used to cause other nuisance such as playing loud music and disturbing residents and their families' enjoyment of their homes, during evenings in particular.

"We are consulting on plans to tackle this with a PSPO and we would like to hear people's views on the idea. The consultation has been sent to nearby residents and businesses and can also be downloaded from our website, so if you have an opinion, please let us know."

PSPOs were introduced as part of a range of measures in the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, and are intended to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a public place.

A PSPO should deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular area that is detrimental to the local community's quality of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area. 

The consultation is being sent to local residents and businesses who live or occupy premises in the vicinity, and a copy of the consultation document can be downloaded at www.cravendc.gov.uk/pspo

The consultation ends on 22 July 2016, and a summary of responses will be published.