On-the-spot fines for Wakefield street drinkers extended until 2023

Legislation allowing irresponsible street drinkers in Wakefield to be fined £100 has been extended.

Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 5:38 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th March 2020, 5:38 pm
The measure was introduced in 2017 to crack down on booze-related anti-social behaviour in the city centre, particularly during the daytime.

A three year public space protection order (PSPO) was brought in for the city centre in 2017 to curb anti-social behaviour related to drinking and police say the crackdown has worked.

The issue was meant to be discussed at a council Cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning, but that was cancelled after the Prime Minister effectively put the country into lockdown on Monday night and banned public gatherings of more than two people.

Instead, senior councillors went through business on a virtual conference call this morning and approved a report suggesting the ban be extended for another three years.

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Similar PSPOs in Pontefract and Castleford remain in force and are likely to be reviewed, and possibly extended, later on this year.

Plans for a £2m refurbishment of Ossett Town Hall were also passed by the council, who gave a brief running commentary of the conference call on Twitter for the public's benefit.

The details of the government's devolution deal for West Yorkshire, announced in the Budget a fortnight ago, were also accepted.

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