A new order coming into effect at the start of August could see cyclists fined up to £1,000 for riding through Mansfield town centre. The public spaces protection order (PSPO) was unanimously backed by all 31 councillors present at a recent Mansfield District Council meeting.
Mansfield Chad reports that the legislation also covers spitting, smoking in children's play areas and a ban on the supply of legal highs. Dogs must also put their dog on a lead when instructed to do so and owners are obliged to carry poo bags.
Councillor Mick Barton, portfolio holder for public protection, said that the new powers would enable the council to tackle such issues and make Mansfield a more welcoming place
“We want people to feel safe and secure in Mansfield and we believe the vast majority of people will be supportive of these measures and will abide by them. The issue of people riding their bicycles in the pedestrianised areas in Mansfield has been a long-standing problem, with complaints raised by members of the public and market traders.”
Council wardens will be able to issue £100 fixed penalty notices and if the offender is taken to court, they could be hit with a fine of up to £1,000.
There will be a three month ‘grace period’ where new powers are being introduced during which police and wardens will warn offenders rather than issuing a fine.