Consultation on proposed public spaces protection order for Ropemakers Fields area

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Tower Hamlets Council and local police are considering the introduction of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in Ropemakers Fields Park and Dundee Wharf to tackle anti-social behaviour following years of complaints by residents.

Public Spaces Protection Orders give the council and the police more powers to deal with nuisance, harassment and other anti-social activities that negatively impact on local communities. 

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said:

“Residents have told us that anti-social behaviour is an issue in this area and this order could help us crack down on the issues that are affecting our residents. I would urge everyone who uses  the Ropemakers Fields and Dundee Wharf areas to have their say in this consultation.”  

 Councillor Asma Begum, cabinet member for community safety added:

“Anti-social behaviour is a blight on our residents who want to go about their business. We need residents to say whether a PSPO could help improve the area.”

Local residents, visitors to the area and the council’s partners are being asked whether a PSPO should be introduced around the Ropemakers Fields area, under the Anti- Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Reports of anti-social behaviour helped to identify this as a ‘hotspot area’.

The order would apply to Ropemakers Fields Park and extend south to the Thames Pathway. It would aim to prevent and address anti-social activities that residents are concerned about. This could include issues such as noise nuisance, use of motorised vehicles in the park and on the Thames Pathway, anti-social behaviour associated with drug and alcohol use, public urination and littering. We welcome feedback from residents about all anti-social behavior issues that affect the area through the consultation process.

If the order is approved, PSPO signage will be installed in the area to warn people of the consequences of anti-social behaviour and how the PSPO could be enforced.

Consultation starts 25 August and will finish on 6 October.

For further information and to take part in the consultation, complete the online survey at www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/ropemakerspspo

Posted on Friday 1st September 2017