Stonehouse PSPO goes ahead

A new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) is helping to tackle anti-social behaviour in Stonehouse.

Drinking, drug use and begging in public areas will be among the issues targeted when the PSPO comes into effect on Tuesday, 31 October.

Its introduction follows months of consultation, during which the initiative received unanimous support from residents.

Councillor Dave Downie, Cabinet member for Safer and Stronger Communities said: “There has been a lot of work to get to this point so I’m pleased to see this PSPO in operation. For too long, Stonehouse had been blighted by anti-social behaviour which has had a negative impact on residents and businesses.

“This PSPO sends a clear message that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and I’m delighted for the residents and businesses in Stonehouse.”

Inspector Robin Loveridge from Devon and Cornwall Police, added: “The introduction of the PSPO shows our joint commitment to challenge the behaviour of those individuals within this area who are causing the most amount of harm to others.

“We recognise the significant impact that anti-social behaviour has on communities and individuals. Working together with Plymouth City Council we will take positive action against anti-social behaviour and send a clear message to those individuals whose behaviour is unacceptable that it will not be tolerated.”

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.

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.

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.