Further measures are being implemented to address anti-social behaviour in the city centre of Leeds, as the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) undergoes renewal.

This decision follows a public consultation in which a substantial majority (86%) expressed support for the proposed measures. The primary objective is to ensure that the city centre remains a secure and inviting environment for all.

The renewed PSPO will proscribe various forms of anti-social behaviour in public spaces. This includes actions such as insulting, abusive, or sexually inappropriate behaviour, particularly instances of cat-calling experienced by women and girls. Additionally, the order will prohibit the possession or consumption of psychoactive substances and groups obstructing pavements and roads.

Unauthorised charitable collections, distribution of flyers, and street peddling without authorization are also explicitly forbidden under the renewed PSPO.

Previously established measures within the existing PSPO, addressing alcohol misuse and combating anti-social behaviour within the premises of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS trust, will remain in effect.

Originally introduced in 2020, the renewal of the PSPO is scheduled for the 13th of November, encompassing the city centre and parts of the Beeston and Holbeck, Burmantofts & Richmond Hill, Hunslet and Riverside, Little London, and Woodhouse wards.

Leeds City Council has collaborated and continues to work closely with partners from the Safer Leeds: City Centre Partnership, including businesses. The collective effort aims to create an environment where people feel safe throughout the day, evening, and night, by addressing unacceptable behaviours that may cause harm.

Councillor Debra Coupar, Leeds City Council’s executive member for resources with responsibility for Safer Leeds, said:

“We’re dedicated to improving the lives of people living, working and visiting Leeds, and that’s why we’ve decided to not only keep the previous PSPO in place but also make new additions. We want people to have a good experience in Leeds and want to come back again.

“The extension of the PSPO comes after we have found that there are several issues and emerging behaviours that we need to address.

“Everyone should feel safe and comfortable in our public spaces and we want to send a signal that we do not tolerate any kind of anti-social behaviour in our city.”