The Public Spaces Protection Order that is planned for Swindon Town Centre will negatively impact homeless people, small business' and will also damage the cultural fabric of Swindon Town Centre.
Musicians, artists, charities, homeless people and street traders will, under the proposal, be prevented from using Swindon Town Centre and will face heavy fines and potential criminalisation for carrying out what are otherwise perfectly law abiding activities.
It is worth remembering that music, street entertainment, chalk art and poetry - all of which Swindon Town Centre has an abundance of - brings people into the town centre to shop and socialise. Making the town centre more vibrant and welcoming.
By preventing these activities taking place, Swindon Borough Council is acting against the will and best interests of local residents. As well as artists, street traders, peddlars, homeless people and charities engaged in carrying out such lawful activities within Swindon Town Centre.
We ask that the proposed Public Spaces Protection Order is cancelled with immediate effect and that further details are immediately provided detailing exactly how the activities listed in the draft proposal negatively impact the quality of life of Swindon residents.