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Brent Council could introduce PSPO to parks and cemeteries

Brent Council could introduce PSPO to parks and cemeteries

Stronger laws against anti-social behaviour could be introduced in Brent’s parks and cemeteries.

Later today (September 9) Brent Council’s cabinet will discuss whether a public spaces protection order (PSPO) should be introduced in these areas.

If approved, 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.

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

A council 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.

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

Cllr Tom Miller, responsible for community safety and engagement at Brent Council, said: “If approved, 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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