Proposal to extend Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in Westvale, Kirkby

A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) can be introduced under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

They specify an area where activities are taking place that are or may likely be detrimental to the local community's quality of life, and impose conditions or restrictions on people using that area.
Such activities include:

  • Anti-social behaviour caused by groups of people or individuals in public spaces
  • Verbal abuse
  • Threats of or use of violence
  • The anti-social use of motor bikes, quad bikes, scramblers and mini-motos
  • Possession of goods, items or materials used for unauthorised graffiti

Further information about Public Space Protection Orders can be found on the Home Office’s website.

Westvale PSPO for consultation

Following a number of reported anti-social behaviour incidents in the Westvale area of Kirkby, Knowsley Council and Merseyside Police introduced a PSPO in Westvale on 27 November 2017.

The area being considered (also called the restricted area) can be viewed in the map below.

Map of Westvale, Kirkby

The order prohibits a range of activities including:
 

  • Anti-social behaviour caused by groups of people or individuals in public spaces
  • Verbal abuse
  • Threats of or use of violence
  • The anti-social use of motor bikes, quad bikes, scramblers and mini-motos
  • Possession of goods, items or materials used for unauthorised graffiti
 
Since it was adopted last year, the police and council have worked with wider partners to increase visibility in the area and ensure that the needs and the concerns of the community in respect of anti-social behaviour and criminality are addressed.
 
Since the order’s introduction in Westvale, a number of outcomes have been delivered, including:
 
  • 79 arrests for public order offences
  • 76 arrests for violence
  • 19 arrests for possession of a controlled drug (Class B Cannabis)
  • 34 Child Protection Referrals
  • 20 Vulnerable Adult Welfare concerns

 
In addition, Merseyside Police has conducted a number of warrants for drugs supply which has led to the recovery of three firearms, a quantity of ammunition and three knives during the course of open land searches in the area.
 
Partners have also engaged with 19 anti-social behaviour perpetrators and their parents who have each received warning letters outlining the condition of the Public Spaces Protection Order and been warned as to their future behaviour, as well as providing support and diversionary activities.
 
As a result of the successes delivered over the last year in Westvale, an extension to the Public Spaces Protection Order for a further two years is being considered and the views of local residents is now being sought.
 

How will the PSPO be enforced?

The Order will be enforced by an Authorised Person, which includes a Police Officer, Police Community Support Officer or Council Officer.

The Authorised Person can request for a group to be dispersed, for example, and failure to comply with instruction or evidence of the behaviour outlined in the PSPO will be recorded as an offence and a Fixed Penalty Notice may be issued, which is a fine of £100 if paid on time, however this could result in a fine up to the value of £1,000 upon conviction.

It is not an offence to drink alcohol in a controlled drinking zone. However, it is an offence to fail to comply with a request to cease drinking or surrender alcohol in a controlled drinking zone and a Fixed Penalty Notice may be issued upon breach. This is also liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 2 on the standard scale (£500). If alcohol is confiscated, it can be disposed of by the person who confiscates it.

Have your say

You can provide your comments in writing to Knowsley Council, Community Safety Team, Yorkon Building, Archway Road, Huyton, L36 9YZ or via an email to safercommunities@knowsley.gov.uk

The closing date for comments is Wednesday, 14 November 2018.

Next steps

Once the consultation responses have been analysed, the Council’s Assistant Executive Director (Neighbourhoods), in consultation with the Cabinet Member (Neighbourhoods) will make a final decision about the Public Spaces Protection Order.