New powers approved to protect people from nuisance cyclists, street drinkers and beggars

Transport and Streets
11:34, Friday, 7th July 2023

North Lincolnshire Council has passed new bans on town centre cycling, street drinking and begging – after residents asked for more stringent measures.

A public space protection order (PSPO) already in place since 2021 has been strengthened further – with a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for people not sticking to the rules.

This cost rises if unsuccessfully disputed, or not paid, and taken to Magistrates’ Court.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader, North Lincolnshire Council, said: “Residents told us they wanted greater protections in place to stop nuisance behaviour.

“As soon as we implemented the new measures, we began assessing the impact and it became clear that some of them needed strengthening further – again after listening to residents and responding to the things they wanted us to focus on.

“We have looked to strengthen four measures to stop cycling in pedestrian areas, street drinking, begging and loitering, and swimming in open water.

“These things have a massive impact on people’s lives and their enjoyment of where they live or shop or visit and while it is only a small minority who do not behave decently, they continue to ignore what are very reasonable requests – we make no apologies for fining people for behaving in a way which shows a complete disregard for others.”

The new PSPOs includes an outright ban on cycling or motorised scooters, where they are not mobility scooters, in parts of Brigg and Scunthorpe. Previously, a cyclist had to dismount in these areas if requested to do so by an authorised officer.

There is also a ban on drinking alcohol or carrying open alcoholic beverages in public places in and around Scunthorpe, apart from Kingsway Gardens, Central Park and licensed alcohol venues.

Loitering or begging, ‘where it is a manner that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm, distress, nuisance or annoyance, to a person’ is banned from Brigg and Scunthorpe.