Public Spaces Protection Order - Civic Centre Car Park

The Torfaen Community Safety Partnership has received reports of anti-social behaviour in the Civic Centre No 2 Car Park, Glantorfaen Road, Pontypool. We believe that the nuisance is specific in nature and focused on this particular area and has given rise to concerns for those who use the car park on a daily basis and their property. Despite continued efforts by partner agencies, the nuisance continues and shows no signs of stopping without legal intervention.

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 allows for the making of a Public Spaces Protection Order in cases where the Local Authority feels that such action is justified to stop anti-social behaviour.

A Public Spaces Protection Order will not stop the lawful use of the car park and people who wish to park there will be able to continue to do so under the current terms of use. The Order will allow us to consider arrest and prosecution for anyone who is in breach of the prohibitions contained within the Order.

In proposing to make a Public Spaces Protection Order, we are satisfied that the behaviours exhibited by some individuals in the car park are having or have had a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality, is persistent in nature and the behaviours reported by members of the public justifies the restrictions imposed.

Two consultation periods were undertaken with residents in the area and the public generally, initially in September 2015 and following revision of the Order, again for two weeks in December 2015. Consultation is now closed as the Order has been made but will not be enforceable until signage is erected early in May 2016.

Anyone who lives in, or regularly works in or visits the area can appeal a PSPO in the High Court within six weeks of issue. Further appeal is available each time the PSPO is varied by the council.

A copy of the Public Spaces Protection Order covering Civic Centre No 2 Car Park can be downloaded here.

Last Modified: 05/12/2018
For more information contact:

Lead Officer Community Safety
Tel: 01633 628971
Email: karen.kerslake@torfaen.gov.uk

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