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Anti-social behaviour clampdown overwhelmingly supported

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26 January 2018

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Enfield residents have given their overwhelming support to new PSPOs which will provide more effective powers to help reduce anti-social behaviour.

- Proposals for the PSPOs received overwhelming support from Enfield respondents
- Behaviours to be targeted include car cruising, use of psychoactive substances, loitering, causing intimidation, etc.
- PSPOs to come into force by early Spring and offenders will be issued a penalty notice or face prosecution
Enfield residents have given their overwhelming support to new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) which will provide more effective powers to help reduce anti-social behaviour in the borough.

Car-cruising, the use of psychoactive substances on our streets, and intimidatory loitering in Enfield will be targeted as new rules come into play.

Of the 20 anti-social behaviours Enfield Council consulted on, all received between 80% and 98% support from respondents.*

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “We have received overwhelming backing from residents for the proposed PSPOs. Enfield is a truly fantastic place to live and work and play, and the law-abiding majority rightly expect to feel safe and secure when going about their daily business.
"Reducing anti-social behaviour will inevitably help build community cohesion enhancing our already strong communities. In turn, a cleaner, greener and safer Borough will attract further growth and investment."
The behaviours targeted cover:
- Control of alcohol consumption
- Vehicle cruising, which includes speeding, driving in convoy, racing, performing stunts, sounding horns and revving engines
- Riding of mopeds causing distress, alarm or annoyance and/or criminal damage
- Holding or throwing of fireworks to cause intimidation, etc.
- Prostitution
- Persons loitering, causing nuisance, etc., in and around council estate blocks
- Intimidatory begging
- Possession, consumption, supply and use of psychoactive substances (formerly known as ‘legal highs’)
- Dog ownership and dog controls including having disposable bags, picking up of faeces, walking a maximum of four dogs at a time (or up to six if licensed by the Council), excluding dogs from certain areas and playgrounds and keeping dogs on leads
- Smoking in children’s playgrounds, including smokeless and electronic cigarettes
- Flying of drones
- Motor vehicles left on Council land or land adjoining the highway for an unreasonable period of time
- Sale of goods to stationary vehicles at main road junctions
The Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, said: "The behaviours considered in the consultation were reported and raised by residents, councillors, the Police and council officers. Respondents provided a great deal of information and many useful comments, which helped inform the PSPOs. Their participation, together with that of the Police, were invaluable and for that we are immensely grateful. ”
The Cabinet Member for Housing & Housing Regeneration, Cllr Ahmet Oykener, said: “All our residents deserve to live in peace and without fear of intimidation. The PSPOs, which will be vigorously enforced, will improve our residents' quality of life and their well-being.”
The PSPOs come into force within the next couple of months. A breach of a PSPO would be a criminal offence, subject to a fixed penalty notice or possibly prosecution.
*Overall there were 796 respondents to the public consultation, the overwhelming majority of which were residents. Respondents were asked whether they agreed with each proposal; agreed but suggested some changes; disagreed; or were unsure