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Payment for living expenses | It has been decided to implement an order that might result in fines of up to £1,000 for anyone who use drugs or consume alcohol in Ashton’s town center.
The Greater Manchester Deputy Mayor Baroness Beverley Hughes has supported the introduction of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), and members of Tameside’s executive cabinet approved the measures today (Wednesday). The order would apply to a region extending from the western edge of the Memorial Gardens on the A670 to the western end of the M60 ring road.
Greater Manchester Police would be in charge of enforcing it, and officers would have the authority to payment of a £100 fixed penalty notice or a summons to court, which could result in a fine of up to £1,000.
The use of the order comes in response to several complaints made about anti-social behavior in Ashton town center to the local government, Angela Rayner, a member of parliament, and Mayor Andy Burnham.
People have complained to the council about “intoxicated persons” who are consuming beer and “other drugs” and “creating a nuisance,” according to a report to cabinet.
GMP identified 78 crimes in Ashton town center between April 2021 and February of this year, of which 19 included drug possession and another 19 were marked as violent crimes with no injuries.
The proposed PSPO would outlaw the use of intoxicating substances, the drinking of alcohol, the disposal of needles or syringes, defection or urine, blocking of stairwells or entrances, and the construction of “temporary buildings” within the restricted area.
After the meeting, the LDRS went to the outdoor market where they saw numerous groups of individuals drinking alcohol together below the stall kiosks that were vacant. One individual looked to be puffing on some marijuana.
Councilor Vimal Choksi, a cabinet member in charge of town and communities, expressed his hope that the steps will give locals more confidence to visit the town center. He continued by saying that problems were frequently reported in the vicinity of the outdoor market area and that McDonald’s and the Iceland shop had both made complaints.
Many young people are loitering near the permanent kiosks, and there have been concerns about the music and drinking in the open air during the day.
“I am eager for it to be put into practice. The PSPO has the utmost backing from the police. We want to help and support them and make sure that any difficulties they may have are addressed. We are not in the business of pushing individuals into other sectors.
I want people to feel at home and to not have to deal with rudeness. I want people to feel secure returning to Ashton.
More than 90% of participants in a consultation on the ideas supported the suggestions afterward.