Stonehouse people asked to comment on scheme to tackle anti-social behaviour


Residents living in Stonehouse are being encouraged to have their say on proposal for a Public Space Protection Order for the area.

A consultation period has now started for people to comment on the proposal by Plymouth City Council to help tackle antisocial behaviour in Stonehouse.

If introduced, the order would give police and enforcement officials special powers to rid the area of antisocial drinking, drug use and begging in public areas. Those found in breach of the order will be placed on the antisocial behaviour escalation process, a system that ensures repeat offenders may face prosecution or will be dealt with via other interventions.

Stonehouse has a very strong community spirit and is a very proud community and following extensive dialogue with the Stonehouse Working Group, a number of measures could now be put in place to ensure it is a safer place for both residents and local businesses.

PSPOs can only be issued by local authorities and replace the Designated Public Place Order and Gating Orders. They give the police and Local Authority additional powers to clamp down on anti-social behaviour.

The conditions will include:
• Preventing the drinking of alcohol and drug use in a public place
• Surrendering an open vessel(s) of alcohol in a public place when requested to by an authorised officer
• Approaching members of the public for money in any public place, street, highway or passage to include private residences
• Begging on the ground in a public place, street, highway or passage
• Urinating or defecating in a public place
• Displaying any form of sign associated with begging.
• Nuisance drivers

The boundary of the PSPO will run from the junction between Western Approach and Union Street, heading north along Western Approach. It will include the Western side of the road, continuing left at North Cross roundabout along the western side of Saltash Road before following the railway line past the bowling green to the Northern Edge of Victoria Park. It then travels down Eldad Hill to the junction with the southern edge of the park and continues along the park until Stonehouse Roundabout.

It continues southward at the roundabout and follows the water line until Eastern King Point where it travels Eastward to Millbay Pier. It then travels North Easterly, omitting Trinity Pier across Millbay Road to the junction with Union Street before meeting the junction between Western Approach and Union Street.

Antisocial behaviour significantly impacts people’s quality of life. If anyone is suffering similar problems within their neighbourhood we would urge them not to suffer in silence and to come forward to talk to police or report concerns anonymously through Crimestoppers.

To comment on the proposal visit http://plymouth.consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal/cs/comm_connections/stonehouse_pspo