Stonehouse PSPO set for review

StonehouseResidents of Stonehouse are being asked for their thoughts on the future of a Public Space Protection Order currently applied to the area.

Introduced in 2017, the order gives police and enforcement officials special powers to clamp down on antisocial drinking, drug use and begging in public areas.

Those found in breach are placed into a system so that repeat offenders may face prosecution or will be dealt with via other interventions.

A consultation has now started to allow people to feedback on the effectiveness of the order and how it can be adapted for the future.

Councillor Sally Haydon, Cabinet member for Customer Focus and Community Safety, said: “This PSPO has now been in place for 18 months, and as is stipulated, we want to review it to make sure it’s doing the job that we hoped it would.

“This is a chance for Stonehouse residents to feedback and give us their views so that we can ensure that antisocial behaviour in the area is minimised.”

The proposed conditions of the continued PSPO 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.

The boundary of the PSPO runs from the junction between Western Approach and Union Street, heading north along Western Approach. It includes 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.

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