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Enfield Council to launch anti-social behaviour clampdown

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31 August 2017

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Psychoactive substances are set to be banned in Enfield as the Council prepares to launch a massive clampdown on anti-social behaviour including gang activity, car cruising, and irresponsible dog handling.


 
- Proposals include banning psychoactive substances in the borough
- Enforcement agencies would target gang activity, boy racers and irresponsible dog handling
- Residents have until 1 October to have their say
 
Psychoactive substances are set to be banned in Enfield as the Council prepares to launch a massive clampdown on anti-social behaviour including gang activity, car cruising, and irresponsible dog handling.

Enfield Council is consulting on plans to introduce a borough-wide Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to help the local authority and the Police deal more effectively with unacceptable behaviour.
 
If ratified, the PSPO would:
- Make it illegal to possess psychoactive substances in the Borough (it is already illegal to produce, sell and/or supply them*);
- Prohibit loitering in housing blocks and around estates by non-residents;
- Tackle illegal parking around schools;
- Give the Police additional powers to deal with car cruising along the A10 and A406; and
- Enable Enfield Council and the Police to deal more effectively with irresponsible dog owners
 
The consultation follows an initial 12-week consultation last year in which residents were asked what types of anti-social behaviour concerned them the most. Following analysis of the results and an evidence review, the draft proposals were amended to target the main types of anti-social behaviour affecting the borough that would most benefit from a proposed PSPO.
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “We’re determined to work with Enfield residents to tackle anti-social behaviour  and our proposed PSPO will give both the Police and Enfield Council additional powers to clamp down on crime and improve safety in our borough.”
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Public Health, Cllr Krystle Fonyonga, added: “Enfield Council will continue to do absolutely everything we can to reduce crime and disorder. We believe that a Borough-wide PSPO will play a major role in helping to deter a number of abhorrent behaviours impacting upon residents. However, we want their further help in ensuring we are on the right track, which is why it’s important that as many people as possible take part in the consultation.”
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Housing Regeneration, Cllr Ahmet Oykener, stated: “We are continually working to build strong communities and we are seeking to make our housing estates safer places. We firmly hold that our proposed PSPO will improve our residents' quality of life by sending a very clear message that that this Borough takes a dim view of antisocial behaviour.”
 
A full list of the behaviours which would be targeted by a PSPO are:
- Control of alcohol consumption
- Car cruising, which includes speeding, driving in convoy, racing, performing stunts, sounding horns and revving engines as to cause a nuisance, and wheel spins
- Throwing of fireworks
- Dog controls
- Persons loitering in and around council estate blocks
- Intimidatory begging
- Possession of psychoactive substances (known as ‘legal highs’)
- Persons windscreen washing/selling goods
- Prostitution
- Smoking in enclosed areas, such as playgrounds
- Flying of drones
- Motor vehicles left on Council land or land adjoining the highway for an unreasonable period of time
- Illegal parking around Schools
 
To take part in the consultation visit www.enfield.gov.uk/consultations