Members gave consideration to a report which provided Members of the Regulatory Committee the background to, and proposals in respect of the Gainsborough Cemeteries Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).
The Senior Licensing and Community Safety Officer stated that the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for Gainsborough Cemeteries had been in place since 2019 and was due to expire on 13th October 2022. Both sites were owned and managed by Gainsborough Town Council. The Officer referred to the importance of Sections 2.2 and 2.3, and gave detailed specifications regarding the PSPO, and criteria which needed to be met for a PSPO to be in place. Details of the activity undertaken by Officers in maintaining the PSPO was highlighted in section 3.5 of the report.
The report sought to provide information on the situation regarding the PSPO and proposed that consultation be undertaken with a view to the PSPO being discharged (i.e. is not extended) when it came to an end.
Debate ensued, and there was discussion on the merits of the usage of the PSPO, it was suggested that the Cemetery had been underused by the public in recent times and this could have masked issues.
In response, the Housing and Environmental Enforcement Manager stated that the Town Council Clerk had been contacted, advise of the intention and the Town Council’s comments would be take into consideration as part of the wider consultation. The Officer gave assurance that the Town Council would be fully consulted.
Having been proposed and second, on voting it was unanimously
RESOLVED that: -
a) a consultation be undertaken in regards to discharging the “Gainsborough Cemeteries PSPO”;
b) the consultation be held for a period of 4 weeks, between Monday 4th July and Monday August 1st 2022; and
c) a further report be submitted to the Regulatory Committee in September 2022, detailing the response to the consultation and a final proposal for the PSPO.