People are being consulted on aggressive charity collectors, legal highs, and drone flying as Enfield Council looks at extra methods of tackling anti-social behaviour.
Residents are being encouraged to complete an online consultation in order to inform the Council as to the types of anti-social behaviour they believe should be tackled via the introduction of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), which aims to improve the community’s quality of life.
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “Anti-social behaviour blights our borough and residents’ lives and we receive regularly demands that we take action to address it.
“This wide-ranging consultation therefore provides residents with an opportunity to help shape the approach we should take so that we target the right areas for the right reasons.
“By working with our residents in tailoring the right PSPO to their needs – what they think should be in and what left out – we hope to tackle the problems that affect them and thereby help improve their quality of life.”
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, said: “PSPOs will give Enfield Council the opportunity to take firm action against anti-social behaviour, some of which borders on criminal activity.
“Introducing them in certain areas will create a powerful deterrent for wrongdoers and will help us to address the type of unacceptable behaviour we simply don’t want to see in Enfield.”
PSPOs are a new provision created by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which are intended to deal with particular nuisances or problems in a defined area that are considered to be detrimental to the local community’s quality of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area which will apply to everyone so that the majority of people can enjoy public spaces.
Breach of a requirement in a PSPO to stop a particular activity is a criminal offence which can result in a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of up to £100, or a fine of up to £1,000 if prosecuted. The Council and the Police are authorised under the Act to enforce PSPOs.
Enfield Council is considering using a PSPO for three different areas:
•the whole borough
•parks and open spaces
•council estates and associated land
Residents can give their views by visiting our consultations page. The consultation finishes on 28 November.