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NEW POWERS PASSED FOR A SAFER CITY CENTRE


The council has approved a public space protection order (PSPO) aimed at improving people’s city centre experience by tackling behaviour that undermines it.


Following public consultation and careful consideration by the council, a city centre PSPO has been approved which now includes five measures to prohibit behaviour that can have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of people (residents, visitors, shoppers, businesses) using the city centre.


This means the following are now offences in the city centre:


1. Refusing to stop drinking alcohol, or hand over containers of alcohol, when required to do so by an authorised officer.


2. Approaching members of the public in a persistent manner persuading them to subscribe to a service; or make charitable donations by direct debit, standing order etc.


3. Begging in an aggressive or intimidating manner which harasses members of the public.


4. Affixing any notice, picture, letter, sign or other mark upon the surface of a highway or any tree, structure or works without permission of the landowner (fly-posting).


5. Being in charge of a dog that is not on a lead (max 1.5 metres in length).


It’s already illegal to drop litter, cycle in pedestrianised parts of the city centre and not clear up dog mess.


Any person who fails to comply commits an offence and could be liable on conviction to a fine of up to £1,000. Offenders will have the opportunity in the first instance to pay a fixed penalty notice of £100 (reduced to £75 for prompt payment).


Councillor Bob Poole, Newport Council’s Cabinet Member for Regulatory Functions, said:


“I believe this new public space protection order has the scope and the potential to deliver something very positive for the city. It is timely, against the background of positive change with the wonderful new developments in the city centre, that this new piece of legislation offers the city and its residents the chance to build on that momentum by ensuring that the experience of all people visiting the city centre is a positive one.”


YOUR


COUNCIL ONLINE


Visit the council website www.newport.gov.uk - to pay, report, request or simply find information about council services.


You can pay your council tax, business rates, parking fines and library charges, report a pothole or faulty streetlight, request new recycling boxes,


bins and bags and apply for a school place using the website.


Residents can now also register for paperless billing and online accounts for council tax.


In My Newport – www.newport.gov.uk/ mynewport - here you can check the date


HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY


27 January is the day for everyone to remember the millions murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.


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On Wednesday 27 January at 11am, members of the public are invited to a memorial service which will take place at Newport Cathedral. It will be hosted by the Mayor of Newport, Councillor Herbie Thomas, and will be overseen by Canon Ray Hayter.


GIVE A DOG A HOME


The award winning team at Coronation Kennels do an excellent job of looking after stray dogs who have been found by Newport residents, or brought in by the council’s dog wardens.


There are 16 kennels in total for dogs in their care who are looking for a forever home.


If you would like to make an appointment to visit the kennels and meet the dogs and the team you can call


01633 290902.


You can also keep an eye on the council’s Facebook page for the latest appeals for rehoming dogs (www.facebook.com/ newportcitycouncil)


And a big thank you!


Following the Christmas appeal for dog treats and toys, the dogs and staff would like to thank everyone who kindly donated.


They are always looking for donations for the dogs in their care so if you would still like to donate, please bring your items along to Coronation Kennels, Stephenson Street, Newport, NP19 0RB.


They would love to hear from you. Again give staff a ring on 01633 290902, to check when the kennels are open for visitors.


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