Broxbourne Council, in response to concerns from members of the public and locally elected members, has introduced a Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO), under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
The PSPO for Broxbourne is required to tackle Halloween and Firework related anti-social behaviour.
The Order will facilitate the temporary closure of the public footpath between Flamstead End Road and Rosedale Way, Cheshunt. This is to prevent any possible reoccurrences of anti-social behaviour (ASB) in this area during the Halloween and Firework period, similar to those experienced in 2016.
PSPOs are a new provision, created by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which are intended to deal with any particular nuisances or problems in a defined area that are detrimental to the local community’s quality of life.
The PSPO will be used to temporarily close the alleyway between Flamstead End Road and Rosedale Way on the evenings of the following dates:
a. 17:00 Tuesday 31 October 2017 to 06:00 Wednesday 1 November 2017
b. 17:00 Saturday 4 November 2017 to 06:00 Sunday 5 November 2017
c. 17:00 Sunday 5 November 2017 to 06:00 Monday 6 November 2017
The alleyway will be open at all other times and dates during the year. The Order will be in place for a period of one year thereafter, unless extended by further Order under the Council’s statutory powers.
These measures are designed to deal with extremes of anti-social behaviour and authorised officers will take a proportionate and common sense approach in their application.
Order and Maps
The proposed Orders and associated maps can be found here:
1. Public Space Protection Order – temporary closure of alleyway between Flamstead End Road and Rosedale Way. View Order.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO), how do they work, how are they enforced?
Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) are a measure to stop individuals or groups committing ASB in public places. The local authority will identify the area that is to be covered by the orders – known as the ‘restricted area’.
The PSPO can:
- Prohibit specified things being done in the area
- Require specified things to be done in the area
The prohibitions or requirements can be framed so that they:
- Apply to all persons, or only persons in specified categories, or to all persons except those in specified categories
- Apply at all times, or only at specified times, or at all times except those specified
- Apply in all circumstances, or only in specified circumstances, or in all circumstances except those specified
The local authority is responsible for introducing PSPOs. It is important that the PSPO is used proportionately and that it is not seen to be targeting behaviour of individuals where there is a lack of tolerance and understanding by local people. Consideration must also be given to the Equality Act and Human Rights Act when setting out restrictions or requirements.
The capacity of the local authority, Police and other authorised officers to actively enforce orders must be considered. Appropriate use of signage and information raising awareness of the restrictions and requirements in place are necessary. Enforcement will be proportionate and managed within resources available and should not affect response to genuine emergency situations.
Any persons found guilty of breaching the order are liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale. Depending on the behaviour in question, the enforcing officer could decide that a fixed penalty notice of up to £100 would be most appropriate sanction. A FPNs cannot be issued to anybody who is under 16 years of age.
Can this order be appealed?
Any person who lives in the restricted area or who regularly works in or visits that area may apply to the High Court, within 6 weeks beginning with the date on which the Order is made, to question the validity of the Order on the grounds that the local authority did not have the power to make the Order, or to include particular prohibitions or requirements imposed by the Order, or that a requirement of the Act was not complied with in relation to the Order.
How will I know if the Order comes into force?
If the order comes into force, there will be one or more of the following ways that you will know about it:
- Information will be published on the Council's website
- Signage will be erected where appropriate