Luton Council begging consultation - have your say
Luton Borough Council is seeking the public's views as it considers toughening up begging restrictions in the town centre.
The current Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) was implemented in Luton town centre in July 2018 and bans seven specific behaviours in and around George Street and Bute Street.
These include begging, street drinking, dogs off leads, leaving dog mess, spitting, urinating and defecating.
Now, the council seeks to toughen up the begging ban as well as extend it to the Galaxy Centre area. The current PSPO in relation to begging means that a person only breaches the rule if they do not stop begging when asked by an authorised officer.
The new proposals would also allow the council to issue fixed penalty notices to beggars, but there will be other options available including issuing warnings, using restorative justice measures and referring individuals to support services.
The survey deadline is next Wednesday, 5 February.