This report sought approval to allow Regulatory Services to make further use of the powers within the Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Crime and Policing Act 2014. The Act introduced a number of powers to put victims first and it simplified ASB powers, providing a range of powers to local authorities to tackle ASB, including Civil Injunction, the Community Protection Notice, the Public Space Protection Notice, the Spaces Protection Order and the absolute ground for possession.
A diversity Impact assessment had been completed and was attached at Appendix 1 to the report. It identified a potential impact on the aged, disability and low income groups, which was minimal.
The Cabinet delegated authority to the Director of Place and Deputy Chief Executive to exercise and to delegate to officers at an appropriate grade, the following functions under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014:
(a) Issuing Community Protection Warnings and Notices on behalf of the Council.
(b) Issuing Closure Notices on behalf of the Council for up to 24 hours.
(c) Issuing Fixed Penalty Notices for breach of any Community Protection Notice or Public Spaces Protection Order.
(d) That authority be delegated to the Director of Place as the designated officer of the Chief Executive to issue a Closure Notice under the 2014 Act on behalf of the Council for up to 48 hours.
(e) That approval be given to the Council’s Community Trigger Protocol.
(f) That the amount of Fixed Penalty Notices relating to Fixed Penalty Notices issued under Section 52 and 68 of the 2014 Act is set by the Fees and Charges report.
The Council has used the Anti-Social Behaviour and Policing Act since its adoption in 2014. The report asks the Cabinet to confirm its adoption and its use by Regulatory Services.