Agenda and draft minutes
Venue: Tressell, 3rd Floor, Muriel Matters House, Breeds Place, Hastings, TN34 3UY
Contact: Cherry Longley 451430
Items No. Item
UPDATE ON PROGRESS - PROPOSED PSPOs
Consultation period ends on 21st April. 18 responses have been received so far.
The PCC office and local CI Steve Curry have discussed the proposals. JW reported that the Police believe that the PSPOs are too complex and will be difficult to enforce. This view is shared by PC/KB/JW following their recent walkabout and subsequent discussions. There is also the displacement issue to other areas e.g. Wellington Square, Priory Meadow, Hastings Museum etc. The Police/PCC will be requested to respond to the consultation formally with any supporting evidence. Action MH
CML to email Cathy Walling, Museum Curator for her comments/evidence. Action CML
The group discussed solutions, which included extending the orders to be Borough-wide; broadening the areas to counteract displacement issues; easy-to-read/understand signage; however, the town centre and seafront seem to be the most problematic areas so these could be merged to include all restrictions in the same areas. TD commented that dog-fouling control is all the same as previously. Agreed that MH/CBJ and Sam Townshend revisit maps and discuss. Action MH/CBJ
Following further discussion it was agreed MH advise the Police that HBC is considering clarifying the ASB PSPO in the town centre by the following restrictions to apply throughout the whole of the wider town centre (a prohibition on alcohol in part of the area/prohibition on psychoactive substances in part of the area/a requirement to surrender alcohol in part of the area/a ban on aggressive begging in the whole of the area/a ban on ASB such as shouting & swearing in the whole of the area and assorted dog controls). This should make it easier to understand/enforce/ sign. HBC would incorporate this in other areas of the town where various restrictions are currently proposed. Action MH
TD tabled his mock-ups of map areas and signs. These would include colour coding, wording and icons/emblems for easy identification of restrictions. The group agreed that three A3 size signs along the seafront and three A3 size signs in the town centre area should suffice. Existing signage is not dated/restricted by mention of out of date acts so these will be retained.
Agreed that JW co-ordinates signage, commencing with a meeting with Sam Townshend. Action JW
AGGRESSIVE BEGGING / ILLICIT SUBSTANCES
Further to the feedback from the Police, a brief discussion ensued around what constitutes ‘aggressive’ begging. The email from JW in response to CI Steve Curry’s points states “Steve considered the word ‘aggressive’ to be fraught with unclear definition and requested the removal of the word and just concentrate on begging.” Agreed that CBJ will re-examine the definition. Action CBJ
MH/SC/PC to be mindful of the review of the Enforcement Policy and any mention of aggressive begging in that document. Action SC/PC
Update: Email from CBJ (11/04/17) states that : Aggressive begging = In general, aggressive begging is a solicitation made in person for immediate donation of money or other gratuity. This may be done by vocal appeal (asking, requesting, coercing (badgering), sympathy appeals, harassment, threats, or demands) or by non-vocal appeal (usage of signs or other signals gestures, postures, children, animals, or props such as toys and musical instruments). It is a habitual manipulative, coercive, or intimidatory use of another individual's sympathy, fear, guilt, or insecurity for monetary gain. Also, it is a form of emotional and financial abuse.
Dictionary definitions – of aggressive (literal definition)
· “ready or likely to attack or confront; characterized by or resulting from aggression”
· behaving or done in a determined and forceful way
· feelings of anger or antipathy resulting in hostile or violent behaviour; readiness to attack or confront.
· the action of attacking without provocation
The Police also has concerns with the definition of what a psychoactive drug is. As the wording in the PSPO consultation documents is not the same as quoted in the Psychoactive Substance Act 2016. Agreed that MH/CBJ will discuss further. Action: MHCBJ
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
PSPO Consultation feedback received highlighted that there is no signage between Groynes 1 and 3 relating to dog control. This was brought to the attention of KB and the Foreshore team via email from CML dated 04/04/17. Action KB
DATE OF NEXT MEETING
To be advised.