Have your say on the proposed anti-social behaviour measures at Dunster Street Alley

Published: Monday, 14 September 2020

Share your views on the proposal to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) that will allow the gating of the public highway between Dunster Street and St Michael's Road.

 A public consultation started today (Monday, 14 September) is asking residents to have their say on whether to gate the public highway between Dunster Street and St Michael’s Road in Northampton to protect people from anti-social behaviour by deterring littering, fly-tipping and street drinking make it more difficult for offenders to evade the police.

This alley that has been brought to the attention of the Neighbourhood Policing team is repeatedly a hotspot for anti-social behaviour including drug dealing. Additionally, the alleyway has easy access through to Dunster Street making it an ideal place for fly-tippers. The highway itself is out of sight and also regularly used for dumping bags of rubbish and white goods.

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) are designed to stop all individuals, or a specific group of persons, committing anti-social behaviour in a public space. 

Councillor Anna King, Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for community safety and engagement, said: “Nobody deserves to have their quality of life disrupted by anti-social behaviour and we do everything we can to make sure that Northampton continues to be a safe and enjoyable place to live, work and visit.

“We want you to let us know your concerns via this public consultation so that we can take action and address any issues that you might have. The questionnaire only takes a few minutes to complete and I encourage as many people as possible to take part and have their say. Together we can make a difference and drive changes in our local communities.”

PSPOs provide councils with flexible powers to address a range of anti-social behaviour issues in public places to help prevent future issues. Restrictions can be placed on an area where activities have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of local people.

Enforcement of the Order would be carried out by the Council and Northamptonshire Police. Any breach of the Order would be a criminal offence with a possible fine of up to £1000 or prosecution.

Anyone wanting to share their views on the proposed PSPO, can take part in our online questionnaire at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2658RKV

People can also request a paper copy of the questionnaire: Community Safety, Northampton Borough Council, The Guildhall, St Giles Square, Northampton NN1 1DE, or by emailing pspo@northampton.gov.uk

The consultation will remain open until 7 December 2020.