The council and Merseyside Police are currently consulting on a proposal to introduce a Public Space Protection Order in the Westvale area of Kirkby.
This follows a number of reported anti-social behaviour incidents in the area.
What area in Westvale is being proposed for the order?
The area being considered (also called the restricted area) can be viewed on this map.
If implemented, what would the order mean?
The order would prohibit a range of activities including:
· Individuals or groups causing or likely to cause nuisance, alarm, harassment or distress to any other person.
· A person being verbally abusive to another other person in the restricted area.
· A person using or threatening to use violence against any person within the restricted area.
· Drinking alcohol where a person is causing, or is likely to cause, nuisance and/or disorder.
· The anti-social use of motor bikes, quad bikes and mini motos.
· The wearing of face coverages to conceal a person’s identity.
· Carrying any form of unauthorised graffiti on any surface within the restricted area.
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.
How can I get involved?
You can provide your comments via an online survey (below), or paper copies of the survey are available in the One Stop Shop in The Kirkby Centre. In addition, you can provide any comments in writing to Knowsley Council, Community Safety Team, Yorkon Building, Archway Road, Huyton, L36 9YZ or via an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for comments is Wednesday, 25 October 2017.
A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) can be introduced under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. Further information is available on the Home Office’s website.