Parts of Southall are set to benefit from the introduction of two Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs), after local residents and businesses overwhelmingly supported proposals with council enforcement officers and police given extra powers to tackle anti-social behaviour.
From today, Monday, 12 March 2018 two PSPOs are in force in Southall; one covers Southall Town Centre, the other covers six parks/spaces in Southall. These spaces include Southall Park, Spikes Bridge Park, Wolf Fields, Southall Recreation Ground, and Manor House Grounds/Havelock Cemetery. View the PSPO maps here.
The decision was made to implement the PSPOs after an eight week public consultation was carried out by the council in 2017 to gauge the views of people who work, visit or live in the Southall area.
From the consultation, more than 95% of respondents felt that the behaviours addressed by the PSPOs negatively affect their quality of life and over 77% completely support the introduction of the PSPOs.
Council officers will continue to work with residents, police and other local organisations to solve these long-term anti-social behaviour issues.
These include anti-social street drinking, loitering in groups which are engaging in anti-social behaviour, urinating or defecating in public areas, drunk adults using the children’s playground, littering with bottles, cans or drugs paraphernalia and using illegal drugs or psychoactive substances in public areas.
People who refuse to abide by the conditions when challenged will be subject to a £100 fixed penalty notice. The order will last for three years, unless the council varies the length during that time.
Councillor Ranjit Dheer, cabinet member for community services and safety, said: “We’ve seen success in other PSPOs in the borough, so we expect the area of Southall to benefit.
“The increased enforcement will discourage anti-social behaviour and improve the quality of life for residents and also people who work and visit in the area.”
Further information about the Southall PSPOs is available via www.ealing.gov.uk/pspo.
If you would like to know more about the PSPOs please email SaferCommunities@ealing.gov.uk or call 0208 825 5994.
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