Bird feeding, begging and spitting could be banned from Carlisle

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Colin Bowley
Colin Bowley

Bird-feeding, begging and spitting are all set to be banned from the city streets.

They are among a raft of activities which could get offenders into trouble, should a revised Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) get the go ahead.

It is currently being drawn up for Carlisle and is undergoing consultation.

The order would include restricting the feeding of birds in urban areas, banning begging, and prohibiting urinating, defecating and spitting in any public place.

Prosecuting drivers who use their vehicles in a manner that "causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm of distress to any person and behaving in a manner that causes or is likely to cause harassment alarm or distress to any person" is also covered by the order.

Distributors of printed leaflets which are distributed in the city centre or in towns and villages, as well as in council car parks, will also be targeted.

PSPOs were introduced by the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 and members of the city council's street scene and enforcement team would be responsible for prosecuting offenders.

At a meeting of Carlisle City Council's environment and economy overview and scrutiny panel, Colin Bowley, neighbourhood services manager, said: "It's about tackling nuisance behaviour, such as feeding the birds in the city centre.

"Begging is actually illegal. If people are homeless and in need of help then of course we will point them in the right direction.

"But if they're aggressive and are demanding money, then it's something we want to put a stop to."

Mr Bowley added that under the order, dog owners could also be prosecuted for dog fouling if they failed to equip themselves properly.

"The order would state that they could fine a dog owner if they found they had intentionally gone out with plastic bags," he said.

Mike Mitchelson, Conservative councillor for Brampton, asked the committee how people would know they could face prosecution.

Responding, Darren Crossley, the city council's deputy chief executive, said: "We would have public display notices to say that you are entering an area that is covered by the Public Space Protection Order."

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Never   Happy , Carlilse Wednesday, 10 May, 2017 at 2:44PM
How about a ban on buskers too? Sometimes they're less than tuneful and take the enjoyment out of a nice quiet walk around the shops.
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Sarah   Garden , Carlisle Thursday, 04 May, 2017 at 8:17AM
Definitely crack down hard on spitting - I hate that, vile! Men spit when walking behind you and I always check my clothing, it's disgusting. But BIRD FEEDING about the city centre? I am guessing it's because of some hysterical people who can't stand them swooping down. Well I'VE never had one land on my head!
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Kevin   McCabe , Carlisle Tuesday, 02 May, 2017 at 9:29PM
I'm seriously considering challenging the bird feeding ban who has decided the birds were a nuisance? they're not a nuisance to me....I wonder what St' Francis of AssisI would have made of this ludicrous nonsense & I certainly will never stop feeding the birds. ...
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tap   loader , carlisle Tuesday, 02 May, 2017 at 3:19PM
How original.
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Craig   Lamont , Gretna Friday, 28 April, 2017 at 10:25AM
Is fornication exempt? I approve but cannot see how it will be enforced when dog fouling is still blighting many areas and no-one seems to be around to stop that.
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colin   Jones , Cockermouth Monday, 24 April, 2017 at 6:20AM
Quote: "The order would state that they could fine a dog owner if they found they had intentionally gone out with plastic bags," he said Isnt the idea to go out with plastic bags to pick up after the dog???
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alan   todd , carlisle Sunday, 23 April, 2017 at 7:15PM
Only as good as it is policed!, on past experience don't have much faith, many of these things are already illegal but not enforced, See mobile phone use. illegal use of blue discs etc.
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city resident   , Carlisle Sunday, 23 April, 2017 at 5:12PM
Aren't urinating and defacting in public places already an offence? If not they should be! Having the man power to enforce these proposals is surely a problem with all the council cut backs and reduced staffing. It needs big consideration as imposing new laws which can't be readily enforced are a waste of time and money, not to mention unfair on the few who may be caught whilst many others avoid any penalty.
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a   c , carlisle Thursday, 04 May, 2017 at 10:28PM
Am fairly sure going to the loo in public is an offence, but where are the public loos? The one in the market is locked by 4.30 pm. There isn't one in the bus station. The one in the lanes seems to have vanished. Where are people supposed to go? As for pointing homeless people in the right direction - what help is actually available for them?
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Brian   Atkinson , Penrith Sunday, 23 April, 2017 at 3:49AM
If begging is banned, I hope that it will include those pain in the **** charity beggars that stop you in the street and try to entice you into signing a direct debit to the charity they are promoting that week.... Chuggers (Charity-Muggers) are everywhere. It's time they were banned!
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  , Harraby Saturday, 22 April, 2017 at 7:25PM
Excellent but needs to be rolled out across all areas and enforced.
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