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Brent Council approves PSPO in parks and cemeteries

Brent Council approves PSPO in parks and cemeteries

Stronger laws against anti-social behaviour will be introduced in Brent’s parks and cemeteries after they were approved by the council.

Brent Council’s cabinet agreed with a report calling for a public spaces protection order (PSPO) in these areas.

Those caught breaching the order – including drinking alcohol, littering and starting fires – could be fined £100.

Using drugs – including ‘legal highs’ – urinating and defecating, and damaging furniture would also be covered by the order.

Barbeques will be banned, with the council taking a “cautious” approach due to the risk of fires and the impact of smoke on other park users and neighbouring properties.

Those wishing to set off fireworks, operate a drone or use a motorised vehicle would need to receive permission from the council.

Cllr Tom Miller, responsible for community safety and engagement at Brent Council, said the council will not have powers to automatically dismantle tents in parks and cemeteries.

He explained that, following conversations with homeless charity Crisis, it would not be appropriate to do so without assessing particular circumstances.

The report also notes that owners are required to pick up after their dogs as part of the proposed system.

Dogs will not be allowed in Alperton, Carpenders Park and Willesden cemeteries, but, following public objections, they will be permitted in Paddington Cemetery provided they are kept on leads.

Currently there is a £20 fine system in place for anyone caught breaching park byelaws – but the council explained that no enforcement action has been taken since it was enacted.

The PSPO – which, if broken, can lead to criminal prosecution – will apply to “all parks and open spaces and all cemeteries and graveyards” owned by Brent Council.

Cllr Miller said: “These common-sense proposals will help everybody to enjoy our parks and open spaces in peace.

“It will give us the ability to better deal with the anti-social behaviour that residents tell us affect their visits and, I hope, will ultimately make our parks cleaner and safer.”

The council carried out an “extensive” public consultation on the issue earlier in the year and spoke with homeless charity St Mungo’s before putting the proposals together.

It added it spent around £45,000 keeping parks free of litter and £200,000 on repairs, with vandalism contributing to the destruction of fences, pathways and grass.

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