RESIDENTS are being asked for their views on new proposals to tackle anti-social behaviour.

Currently in Leeds there are 18 Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) - including one apiece in Otley, Yeadon, Guiseley and Horsforth.

Introduced to tackle problems that have arisen from individuals and groups gathering at certain locations, the orders prohibit the consumption of alcohol plus other types of anti-social behaviour.

North West Leeds presently has three PSPOs focused on preventing on-street alcohol consumption.

Leeds City Council is proposing to expand and merge those orders and to update them so that they also include clauses designed to tackle:

*large-scale parties in the street and noise nuisance

*the use of psychoactive substances

*anti-social behaviour or criminality

*household waste.

Leeds City Council’s Executive member for Communities, Councillor Debra Coupar, said: “This new designation in the Headingley and Hyde Park, Weetwood, and Little London and Woodhouse council wards of North West Leeds will form part of our continued work to tackle anti-social behaviour in public places.

“Before any final decisions are made, I want to hear from the people of Leeds on this proposal. A public consultation survey is now open and I would like to encourage affected residents to take part before the deadline of Sunday, November 3.”

Comments can be left via an online questionnaire at: .

The PSPOs in Leeds were introduced in 2017 under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, 2014. The city council says that they ‘deal with a particular nuisance in a defined area where this is having a negative impact on the quality of life for those in that public space’.

PSPOs last for a maximum of three years but can be renewed if necessary. Breaching their terms can result in a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100 or a maximum fine of £1,000.