Views sought about Jeyes Jetty
The views of local residents and businesses are currently being sought after a proposal for gating Jeyes Jetty was discussed at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 22 May 2019.
Jeyes Jetty is located in Northampton town centre, providing a popular short cut between the Drapery and College Street. However, for many years the jetty has attracted persistent illicit activities and anti-social behaviour such as urinating, defecating and drug dealing.
To tackle these behaviours, Northampton Borough Council is proposing to make a Public Spaces Protection Order to gate the public highway, using its powers under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. However, before it makes its decision, the Council t is consulting on the proposal.
If Cabinet approves the change, Jeyes Jetty will be gated 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with access to College Street still available via Gold Street or through Swan Yard.
This would be Northampton’s third Public Spaces Protection Order, following the implementation of orders across the Town Centre area in April 2017 and at Marble Arch in January 2018. They are used in public spaces to help address a range of anti-social behaviour issues and prevent future problems.
Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “Over the past 18 months we’ve been working closely with partners to reduce anti-social behaviour in the town centre and improve the environment for shoppers.
“Jeyes Jetty has come under scrutiny in recent years after a rise in anti-social behaviour in the area, which its layout and location, away from the main flow of footfall and reach of CCTV, seems to attract. We think gating the jetty is a good way to prevent these issues, but we want to hear from the public before we take action.”
Anyone who would like to share their views about gating Jeyes Jetty can take part in an online survey at www.northampton.gov.uk/info/200258/community-safety/2300/public-spaces-protection-order-pspo/2