Tighter regulations at Richmond Falls
A Richmond beauty spot blighted by anti-social behaviour during the hot May weather is to see tighter regulations come into force.
Councillors today sanctioned spending on more security patrols at Richmond Falls, and gave the go ahead for a ‘Public Spaces Protection Order’ (PSPO) to be put in place to combat the problems caused by anti-social behaviour fuelled by alcohol and drug taking.
The District Council has already installed extra cameras to monitor the area and is working with its county council counterparts on enhanced parking enforcement in the area.
A multi-agency task group was set up to tackle the issues after the two May bank holidays resulted in mass gatherings of young people at the riverside spot. They left behind them mounds of litter, drug canisters, waste and barbecues as well as causing disturbance to local people.
The PSPO should be in place by the autumn – the orders take time to implement as a formal consultation exercise has to be undertaken first. Together the package of measures will cost the council up to £11,000 per year.
The task group, made up of representatives from Richmondshire District Council, North Yorkshire Police, North Yorkshire County Council and councillors from both the district and county council, see the PSPO as a long term solution to protect the area. The stewards will be used to marshall activity at peak times and they will be supported by Council officers.
Campaigns on social media to encourage groups of young people to be aware of the dangers of alcohol and drugs, as well as on water safety, have already begun.
“We are determined to protect this area from the recent abuse and anti-social behaviour,” said Councillor Helen Grant, Deputy Leader of Richmondshire District Council, spokesperson for community safety.
“This area should not be a place where people from other areas think they can come to party. It should be a place for families to enjoy. There is no longer an option to do nothing. We must take action and this PSPO will work alongside stewarding and our other measures.”
Members of Corporate Board gave the go ahead for the PSPO and stewards at their meeting yesterday (July 14). They also agreed that multi agency task groups could be used to address similar problems if they occur in other areas of Richmondshire.