COUNCIL FLEXES NEW MUSCLES
Council tests its new powers in two car parks
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