A MEASURE aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour in Keighley town centre will continue for at least another three years.

Members of Bradford Council’s regulatory and appeals committee have agreed to expand the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), which was introduced three years ago in a bid to help stamp out problems caused by street drinking.

Similar orders are also to continue in Bradford city centre, Shipley and Bingley.

But council officers at the meeting described the response to a public consultation into the orders as “disappointing”.

District-wide 71 people responded, of which 19 were from Keighley.

Under the PSPO, authorised officers can demand the surrender of alcohol if they believe its consumption will lead to anti-social behaviour. Anyone failing to comply with the order can be issued with a £100 fixed penalty notice and may face prosecution through the courts if they don’t pay-up.

Keighley Business Improvement District manager, Paul Howard, said he supported the extension.

But he adds that problems “haven’t gone away” since the move was first introduced.