Public Space Protection Orders – good for the Level #Brighton?

There is a consultation on the use of Public Space Protection orders. Does anyone think that bad behaviour on the Level warrants its inclusion in the Council’s list of protected places?

People tend to see things going on that they dont like – but don’t always report it. Reporting suspicious behaviour (call 101) is a brilliant way of flagging up the need, and thus getting prioritised for resources.

http://consult.brighton-hove.gov.uk/portal/bhcc/community_safety/public_space_protection_orders

Here’s the full text for the consultation. Please use the website to send in your responses.

PUBLIC SPACES PROTECTION ORDERS (PSPOs) in City Parks and Open Spaces

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in an area that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life by imposing conditions on the use of that area that apply to everyone. They are designed to ensure people can use and enjoy public spaces safe from anti-social behaviour. We propose to use them to deal with issues in parks and open spaces that are detrimental to the quality of life of people using those areas or living nearby. Once in place they remain in force for a maximum of three years.

In Brighton and Hove the intention is to apply PSPOs to parks and open spaces where there is substantial evidence of nuisance and annoyance caused by some people using those areas.

We have gathered evidence from calls to the police and the council. Incidents recorded include, driving on grass, the occupation of land by people in caravans, vehicles or tents, fly tipping, lighting fires or defecating/urinate.

We have gathered information regarding the number of unauthorised encampments and we have taken into account sensitivities regarding locations such as heritage status and the proximity to those living nearby.

The sites where there has been the most reported ASB are:

  1. Greenway (adjacent to railway New England Quarter)
  2. Hollingbury Park (to include the car park north of the park)
  3. Lawn Memorial Cemetery and adjacent land (Woodingdean)
  4. Preston Park
  5. Rottingdean Recreation Ground
  6. The seafront including the A259 from Black Rock to Hove Lagoon
  7. Sheepcote Valley and East Brighton Park
  8. St Helens Green
  9. Stanmer Park
  10. Surrenden Field
  11. Waterhall
  12. Wild Park

A PSPO can include both prohibitions and positive requirements to improve behaviour. We are currently suggesting the following:

Prohibitions:

  • Occupying any vehicle, caravan, tent or other structure
  • Driving any vehicle on grass
  • Littering or fly tipping
  • Lighting or maintaining a fire
  • Defecating or urinating

Positive requirements:

  • Remove any vehicle, caravan, tent or other structure within 12 hours
  • Disposing or items as directed
  • To permit a council, police or fire officer to extinguish a fire
  • To provide your name and address when required to do so by a council or police officer

Breaching a PSPO is a criminal offence. A fixed penalty notice can be issued or a summons can be served. If police are not satisfied regarding the identification or residence of an offender they can arrest under PACE (Police and Criminal Evidence Act). A breach can be enforced by police or council officers.

The whole PSPO process is subject to an equality impact assessment to ensure proportionality and fairness.

CONSULTATION QUESTIONNAIRE

If you use parks or open spaces in Brighton & Hove and would like to comment on the proposal please complete the questionnaire attached.

1. How are you responding to this consultation. As a…

  • Local resident
  • Visitor to the city
  • As a representative of a local business (please give details on the next page)
  • As a representative of a local community or voluntary group (please give details on the next page)
  • As a representative of a stakeholder group (please give details on the next page)
  • Other, please give details below

2. Which park/open space do you use most regularly? You can pick as many of these as you like and list them in the order you use the most.

3. Have you ever experienced an incident in a park/open space which you regard as anti-social? Please give brief details in the box below

4. Do you think having Public Spaces Protection Orders is a good idea for the city? If the answer is yes, please say why you think this.

5. If you feel PSPOs are not a good idea please explain why in the space given.

6. The list below is made up of behaviours which Brighton & Hove City Council intend to manage using PSPOs. Please put this list in the order which you think has the most priority. If a behaviour isn’t listed please add the behaviour you wish to include in the “other” box

  • Occupying any vehicle, caravan, tent or other structure
  • Driving any vehicle on grass
  • Littering or fly tipping
  • Lighting or maintaining a fire
  • Defecating or urinating

7. If you wish to leave any other comments regarding PSPOs please note these in the box below

 

Information on Consultation Process

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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