New order set in motion to tackle anti-social behaviour in Dagenham
A new order clamping down on anti-social behaviour in Dagenham is set to come into force.
The Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), which officially goes live on Monday 12 March, will cover Broad Street and the surrounding roads, and will aim to control spitting, street drinking, urinating, and intimidating behaviour.
The order means council enforcement officers and the police will be able to use the new rules to hand out £100 fixed penalty notices on the spot.
The maximum fine for breaching a PSPO after conviction is £1,000 with the possibility that an offender will be issued a criminal behaviour order.
‘Victory for residents’
Councillor Laila Butt, Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety, said: “This is a victory for residents. We have listened to your concerns and are committed to tackling anti-social behaviour.
“We want to make it clear to the small minority who make people’s lives a misery that we will not stand for it.”
The PSPO, which lasts for three years, comes following a public consultation in August in which 98 per cent of respondents supported the implementation of an order to tackle anti-social behaviour.
‘When people speak up, we take note’
Local ward councillors, Peter Chand, Eileen Keller and Amardeep Jamu, were instrumental in working with residents in the area to secure the order, which covers the parade of shops between Causton Square and Moorland Road.
Speaking on behalf of his ward colleagues, Councillor Peter Chand said: “Residents and businesses had raised a number of concerns with us about anti-social behaviour.
“We worked with them to create a petition asking the council to take action and we are glad that working together we have been able to secure this outcome.”
Councillor Keller added: “This proves that when people speak up, we take note. We’re delighted this order will give us the power to tackle some of the common anti-social behaviour problems people brought to our attention.”
Barking and Dagenham Council currently has a similar PSPO consultation taking place in the shops and surrounding area near Dagenham Heathway.
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