Nottingham City Council has launched a consultation into proposed new measures to tackle anti-social behaviour in multi-storey car parks in the city centre.
Crime and anti-social behaviour data, customer complaints and service requests show that ten city centre multi-storey car parks can sometimes be used for a variety of activities that can have a detrimental effect on those using these facilities. This includes drug taking and dealing and associated paraphernalia being left behind, using car parks as toilets, begging, theft of and theft from vehicles and vehicle damage.
The ten multi-storeys affected are the City Council’s Lace Market and Trinity Square car parks, NCP car parks in Huntingdon Street, Stoney Street, Mount Street, St James Street and Maid Marian Way, the Crowne Plaza car park in Wollaton Street, Euro car park in Upper Parliament Street and SIP car park (Avalon Court) in Kent Street.
It is proposed to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) designed to tackle these issues and help ensure that the city centre multi storey car parks provide a safe and welcoming environment for all. Views on the proposals are now being sought from people who live in, work in or visit the city centre.
PSPOs, introduced by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, allow councils to prohibit certain activities in specific places if they have a detrimental impact on people and it’s likely those activities will continue unless restrictions are imposed. If somebody is in breach of the order it enables a CPO, PCSO or Police Constable to ask them to leave and issue a fine of £70 (reduced to £35 if paid within ten days) if they refuse. The maximum fine in court would be a £1000 if a matter was taken to prosecution.
Portfolio Holder for Community Protection, Cllr Neghat Khan, said: “Most people using multi-storey car parks in the city will do so without experiencing any negative issues, but unfortunately we know there are instances of activities and behaviour which can be intimidating and concerning for car park users. We want everyone using multi-storey car parks in the city to feel safe and welcome.
“This PSPO would allow us to take action to tackle these issues and we welcome people’s views on this approach.”
The consultation can be accessed on the council’s website here and will remain open until 1st November 2020.