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NEW COUNCIL POWERS TO CRACK DOWN ON ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR

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New powers have been given to local authorities by the government to crack down on anti-social behaviour. Sheffield...
New powers have been given to local authorities by the government to crack down on anti-social behaviour. Sheffield City Council's cabinet will consider a report setting out the terms of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment

(CNEA) Act 2005 and the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 at its meeting on 13 September.

The government asked local authorities which powers they needed to clean up their towns and cities, gave them the powers and now expect them to be implemented. The Government have indicated they will 'name and shame'

authorities who do not use the new powers.

The CNEA Act allows fixed penalty notices to be issued for graffiti, fly-posting, leaving wheelie bins on the street, abandoning a vehicle, repairing vehicles on the road or for sale at the roadside and to control the distribution of advertising material handed out on the highway.

Bryan Lodge, the council's cabinet member for streetscene and green spaces commented: 'These new powers put the onus on us to maintain the high standards achieved already and also gives us additional powers to deal with some areas of concern, such as littering caused by advertising leaflet distribution and cars for sale or being repaired on the highway. We welcome the new powers and will be planning how to use them most effectively, as the public consistently tell us that they want us to take stronger action against anti-social behaviour.

'Whilst we will be taking a tough line to enforce these measures, householders will be given notice about taking in their wheely bins before any fines are issued.'

Full details of the report may be found on the council's website.

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In the case of the new powers, the city council will be taking a gentle approach, with warnings given before taking enforcement action, but a zero tolerance stand will be introduced to comply with the government's demands after the initial period.

The new powers in brief include:

Graffiti - the council will be able to serve removal notices on owners of private property off highway, but also to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) on individuals who put graffiti on private property and street furniture.

Fly-posting - in addition to issuing FPNs on individuals who fly-post, consideration will be given to take further action when any licence of the premises is reviewed.

Abandoned vehicles - the council will be able to issue FPNs for the removal of abandoned vehicles.

Cars for sale, cars under repair and wheely bins left on the highway - warning notices will be issued initially before FPNs are issued. In the case of wheely bins, householders who leave their bins on the street later than 9am on the day after collection, and there are three records of evidence of this happening, then a FPN will be issued.

Advertising leaflets on the street - the main city centre throughfares will have restrictions of individuals handing out free literature to help prevent littering and only specified organisations with the approval of the Licensing Board will be permitted to distribute material under certain conditions.

Delegation to council services - additional staff in the council will be given authority to issue FPNs following appropriate training. These will include staff in the following services: Park Rangers, Highway Co-ordination and Regulation, Public Rights of Way, City Centre Ambassadors, Environment Protection and Street Force Customer Services. In addition, other partners, such as Sheffield Homes, Registered Social landlords, Police Community Support Officers, Police Officers, Peak District National Park Authority, and the Environment Agency will eventually have authority to take action across the city.

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