The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) Consultation
Seven Sisters PSPO extension consultation
Consultation runs from 13 April 2017 until 7 June 2017
The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) operating in the Seven Sisters area is due to expire on 31 July 2017. We want your views on whether we should extend the duration of this PSPO; with the prohibited activities and area of coverage remaining the same. Additional information can be found in the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) - Additional Information (PDF 18KB), and you can also examine the current PSPO (PDF, 552KB).
The issues relating to the men gathering and loitering outside Wickes Store in Seven Sisters Road N15 has been a problem for many years. The results of the 2016 consultation in relation to this matter, clearly demonstrated that residents and businesses within the locality were frustrated with this situation and overwhelmingly supported the use of the PSPO to try and tackle this historical problem.
In the period 1 August 2016 to 1 March 2017 the police have carried out regular patrols in the affected area and over 95 warnings have been issued. In the months to come, the intention is to now proceed with stronger enforcement action in the wake of these warnings. It is clear from the monitoring of the area that the problems have not been completely resolved. The activities have reduced but there is still a long way to go; a longer period of time will be needed to enable the police and other services to keep reinforcing the message, to reduce the problem further.
This is a historical problem spanning several years. Such an entrenched problem will require a long period of monitoring and enforcement to reinforce the message that the prohibited activities of the PSPO are unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
What does the law say about extending the period of a PSPO
Under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 a PSPO can be in effect for a period of not more than three years. The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 states that before the time when a PSPO is due to expire, the local authority that made the order may extend the period for which it has effect if satisfied on reasonable grounds that doing so is necessary to prevent:
- (a) occurrence or recurrence after that time of the activities identified in the order, or
- (b) an increase in the frequency or seriousness of those activities after that time.
The council and its partners strongly believe that if the PSPO were to cease on 31 July 2017, the problem within the area of the PSPO and its associated anti-social behaviour is likely to return to its previous levels of frequency and seriousness.
We want your views on whether to extend the period for which this PSPO has effect.
Please let us know your views by filling in our online questionnaire by 7 June 2017:
You can also contact Anti Social Behaviour Team for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
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