Consultation started on new anti-social behaviour measures at Ilkley Riverside

The proposed Ilkley Riverside Public Space Protection Order boundary

Bradford Council is considering implementing a ‘Public Space Protection Order’ at Ilkley's Riverside to help reduce the anti-social behaviour by a minority of visitors and has started a consultation.

Progress will depend on the outcome of a consultation started today with local residents, businesses and visitors.

A Public Space Protection Order is one of the tools available under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and aims to restrict offensive behaviours at a specified locality.

The Order would aim to stem the behavioural problems which have escalated in recent years and improve things over a period of time, and if implemented would come into operation on June 1, 2021, be in effect for three years and would prohibit people from:

a) Behaving in a way, including by congregating in a group, that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to an individual or concern for the safety of another person;

b) Threatening, abusing or intimidating other people;

c) Using foul or abusive language;

d) Drunken behaviour and the refusal to stop drinking alcohol or hand over any containers (sealed or unsealed) which are believed to contain alcohol, when required, to do so by an authorised officer in order to prevent public nuisance or disorder