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Views sought over cemiteries protection order

THE public are being asked for their views on new moves to protect Middlesbrough’s cemeteries.

The Council is looking to create a new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for all Council run cemeteries and the town’s crematorium.

And now the public have six weeks to have their say on the proposals before the order comes into force.

The order would cover Teesside Crematorium and Acklam, Linthorpe, Thorntree, Thorntree Roman Catholic and North Ormesby/St Joseph’s combined cemeteries.

A PSPO is a new order created under the 2014 Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act to tackle nuisances and problems in a specific location that are detrimental to the quality of life of the local community

The following restrictions are being proposed for Middlesbrough’s PSPO:

Following public consultation, the proposal will be considered by the Council’s Executive and if approved will replace any existing local provisions such as Dog Control Orders.

Councillor Julia Rostron, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Adult Health and Social Care, said: “Our cemeteries and the crematorium are places of quiet reflection and remembrance, which people have a right to enjoy free from anti-social behaviour and vandalism.

“The Public Spaces Protection Order is designed to uphold that right, with a number of conditions which apply to everyone.

“Thankfully instances are relatively rare, but the aim of the order is to strengthen our ability to stop individuals or groups from committing a range of anti-social behaviour in public spaces.

“Where necessary it will enable enforcement action to be undertaken by Council officers, police officers and PCSOs.”

Comments can also be submitted in writing to Karen Larkin, Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), Community Protection, Vancouver House, Gurney Street, Middlesbrough TS1 1JL

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