Plans revealed to tackle anti-social behaviour in two ‘hotspot’ areas of Tamworth

Tuesday, 18th September 2018

TOUGH new measures are being proposed to tackle anti-social and nuisance behaviour in two areas of Tamworth following several reports to police in recent months.

Members of the public are currently being consulted on plans to implement Public Space Protection Orders in the Warwickshire Moor and Kettlebrook/Borrowpit Lake areas of the town.

This would give police and designated council offers additional powers to fine and prosecute anyone found to be carrying out various activities which are prohibited under the terms of the order, in those areas.

The proposals follow several reports of anti-social behaviour this year, including assault, anti-social drinking, excessive noise from large groups, arson, littering and criminal damage. If approved, the orders would be implemented by Tamworth Borough Council as a member of the Tamworth Community Safety Partnership, and with the full support of the police.

The Bolehall PSPO would apply to a defined geographical location including the area known as Warwickshire Moor Nature Reserve at Moor Lane, the open space at the back of Rene Road and the area known as the ‘monkey bridge’.

The Kettlebrook PSPO would apply to a defined area including the underpass from Peelers Way, the Snowdome car park, Borrowpit Lake, underpasses leading to Namco Funscape and the open space in Reedmace.

A variety of activities would be prohibited as part of the orders, where they are likely to have a detrimental impact on the area. These include:

  • Congregating or loitering at any time where any such activity causes, or is likely to cause, noise, harassment, alarm or distress
  • Causing or permitting excessive amplified music or other noise such as to cause, or be likely to cause, alarm, harassment or distress as a result of a gathering
  • Consumption of alcohol when it is believed that any person is either committing, or is likely to commit, anti-social behaviour in a public place
  • Consumption of alcohol by persons under 18
  • Barbeques, fires and littering
  • Camping
  • Smoking, using or selling any substance likely to cause intoxication or odour nuisance to members of the public

Breaching a PSPO is a criminal offence and the orders would allow police, community wardens and delegated council officers to issue fixed penalty notices of £100 to anyone found to be committing offences listed as part of the order. The orders are not designed to prevent any legitimate activities or events that are not intended to cause nuisance or offence to others.

Cllr Stephen Doyle, Tamworth borough Council’s Cabinet member for Communities and Partnerships, said: “Public Space Protection Orders were brought in under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to prevent people from using a certain area in a way that is having a negative impact on the local community.

“Both the areas identified have been subject of an excessive number of reports of anti-social behaviour, particularly during the summer months. These include a number of arson attacks at Warwickshire Moor in Bolehall and reports of extensive gatherings, alcohol-related nuisance behaviour, littering and vandalism.

“There are currently four other PSPOs successfully operating in Tamworth to prevent issues such as borough-wide vehicle nuisance, irresponsible dog owners, anti-social behaviour in Dosthill Park and drinking alcohol in the town centre and Amington. These orders have resulted in fewer calls to the police and we hope there will be a similar result in the new areas identified.

“We are now consulting on the proposed new orders and would encourage any interested parties to get involved and have their say.”

The draft orders can be viewed and consulted on at Friday, October 5. Responses will be reviewed and considered by members of the council’s Healthier and Safety Scrutiny Committee next month.

If adopted, the PSPOs would be in force for three years and can be reviewed and amended during that time.