West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) is seeking the views of local residents and businesses on renewing a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in Northampton.
The highway known as Marble Arch is an alleyway that connects Barrack Road and Ash Street and was originally gated using a PSPO in 2018 following persistent illegal activities and anti-social behaviour. A PSPO is only valid for three years, however it can be renewed multiple times and therefore a second renewal is being considered.
A PSPO allows councils to impose restrictions on the use of specific areas and can deal with persistent and unreasonable nuisances and anti-social behaviour that has a detrimental effect on the quality of life for the local community.
Using the Crime and Policing Act (2014), it is proposed the route will continue to be closed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the exception of required access for fire exit and waste collection if required. An alternative route connecting Barrack Road and Ash Street is available via Temple Bar.
Since gating this area we have seen a great improvement in terms of anti-social behaviour and nuisance which had a detrimental effect on residents and nearby businesses in the past.Cllr David Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Engagement and Regulatory Services
Without the gates, the problems encountered that led to the introduction of the PSPO could return and we could see an increase in criminal activity once again.
It’s really important that we hear the views of businesses and other owners and occupiers of properties in the surrounding area so that we can make informed decisions, and I urge all those with a view to take part in the online survey.
Feedback from the consultation will also take into account the views of Northants Police and Northants Fire and Rescue Service.
The consultation closes at midnight on Sunday, 8 October 2023. Anyone who would like to share their views about renewing this PSPO can take part in the online survey via the Council’s consultation hub.