Wakefield Council’s key decision-makers plan to prolong Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in Pontefract and Castleford town centres to continue addressing anti-social behaviour.

This legal directive grants Wakefield Council and West Yorkshire Police extra authority to issue a fixed penalty notice, which can amount to £100, under specific circumstances.

This applies to individuals who refuse to comply with a request to cease drinking or relinquish alcohol in a designated controlled drinking area. Fines may also be imposed on individuals already subject to a PSPO who violate the terms of that order.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Communities, Poverty and Health, said: “The current PSPOs are having a positive impact and I know that local residents and businesses are very much in favour of the extension.

“We need to send out a clear message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and extending the PSPOs provides us with additional powers to tackle this issue.”

West Yorkshire Police support the extension of the current orders, which expire in November 2023, for another three years.

A decision will be made at the next Cabinet meeting on Tuesday 7 November. It starts at 10.30am and can be watched live or later on the Council’s website.