COUN­CIL FLEXES NEW MUS­CLES

Coun­cil tests its new pow­ers in two car parks

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A BAN on skate­boards, bi­cy­cles and roller blades at two Uxbridge car parks, has come into force un­der Hilling­don Coun­cil’s first Public Spa­ces Pro­tec­tion Or­der (PSPO).

Gath­er­ing in groups of two or more peo­ple in Cedars and Grainges car parks, both off Ox­ford Road, is also now pro­hib­ited un­less go­ing to or from a parked ve­hi­cle.

The pro­tec­tion or­der also means po­lice can now de­mand that any­one be­hav­ing in a way “likely to cause ha­rass­ment, alarm or dis­tress to an­other per­son” to leave ei­ther car park for 48 hours.

Fi­nally, po­lice, PCSOs and coun­cil of­fi­cers can now de­mand that any­one in the car parks hand over any al­co­hol or drugs they have on them.

Fail­ure to com­ply with the or­der could re­sult in a fine of up to £1,000 at a mag­is­trates’ court.

Po­lice and coun­cil of­fi­cers can also is­sue on-the-spot Fixed Penalty No­tices of £80 for non­com­pli­ance.

Act­ing po­lice sergeant James Burgess, of Hilling­don Po­lice, said: “Some of th­ese con­di­tions may seem harsh at first, but the car parks are not de­signed for skate­boards, and those us­ing them in­side risk be­ing hit by cars that would not an­tic­i­pate them be­ing there.”

He added: “It is also de­signed to re­duce the amount of crim­i­nal dam­age and drug use.

“We have lis­tened to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and busi­nesses and un­der­stand their frus­tra­tion in deal­ing with peo­ple caus­ing an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour and I hope this PSPO will deal with some of the prob­lems.”

Coun­cils across the coun­try were given new pow­ers to en­force such or­ders in Oc­to­ber last year, un­der the Anti-So­cial Be­hav­iour, Crime and Polic­ing Act.

The act al­lows lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to ban any ac­tiv­ity they judge to have a detri­men­tal ef­fect on an area’s qual­ity of life.

Hilling­don Coun­cil has pro­posed a raft of ac­tiv­i­ties it wants to ban, in­clud­ing feed­ing pi­geons and us­ing re­mote­con­trolled cars in the bor­ough’s parks.

Th­ese pro­pos­als, which were sub­ject to public con­sul­ta­tion, are ex­pected to be­come en­force­able in June.

SKATERS BANNED: Peo­ple seen act­ing in an anti-so­cial man­ner in Cedars car park in Uxbridge could be fined up to £1,000

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