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07.04.23 – Public Space Protection Orders in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Lyme Forest in Newcastle

Written by on 10 April 2023

A double initiative will make Newcastle-under-Lyme’s town centre streets feel safer from now on.  Police are preparing to enforce public space protection orders (PSPOs) in the town centre and Queen Elizabeth Park to tackle anti-social behaviour.  And on Friday nights qualified medics will be working in the town centre between 9pm and 2am, as part of the Safer Streets initiative.

Gill Heesom, the Borough Council’s Cabinet member for Community Safety and Wellbeing, said: “We want our town centres to be clean, safe and attractive to everyone day and night. The Public space protection order’s give police officers more power to intervene when people are being unreasonable and disrupting others going about their business during the day, or having a night out with friends, and I’m sure people will notice the difference.”

The orders granted by Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council for three years, give officers enhanced powers to disrupt anti-social or persistent unreasonable behaviour, including littering and graffiti; abusive language; being in groups of three or more after being asked to disperse; and having open bottles or cans of alcohol.

Those found to be deliberately breaching the order can be fined up to £100.

Chief Inspector John Owen, of the Newcastle local policing team (LPT), said: “We are very proud of our town centre and want it to be a safe, enjoyable and thriving place for businesses and residents.

“Whilst PSPOs are a great tool in the fight against anti-social behaviour, it isn’t about stopping people seeing their friends and experiencing the night-time economy. They are used to target those who persistently causes distress to local communities and allow us to work closely with our partners to identify those responsible and ensure appropriate action is taken.

“It’s a very positive step for local policing and communities and will give us extra tools to service the priorities which matter the most.”

Referring to the presence of the medics, Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime Ben Adams said: “Significant work is already underway across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to deliver practical partnership initiatives that help people enjoy safe nights out in our popular towns and cities.

“In Newcastle, we’ve allocated Safer Streets funding secured by my office for a range of initiatives such as street pastors in the night-time economy, providing first-aid trained, capable individuals who are able to help and signpost vulnerable people to safe places and support.”

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Hundreds of lime trees are being planted to mark a historic anniversary and make a green commitment for the future.

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council is planting 850 lime trees to create a commemorative Lyme Forest to mark the 850th anniversary of the granting of the Borough’s first Royal Charter.

The forest will be created on the northern boundary of the former Keele Golf Course in Silverdale.

Once planted, ‘Lyme Forest’ will form part of the area’s mosaic of green spaces to support nature and provide a protected area of green space for future generations, as well as helping the journey towards achieving a carbon-neutral Borough by 2050.