Prestonians Encouraged To Take Part In Public Space Protection Order Consultation

Over the last twenty years, Preston City Council has installed a number of alley gates in order to help to reduce crime and disorder affecting residents across the city.

Following a change in legislation all ‘Alley Gating’ Orders made under the Highways Act 1980 that were in place before 20 October 2017 by operation of law became Public Spaces Protection Orders.

The purpose of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is to reduce the occurrence and recurrence of criminal and anti-social activities in the gated alleys and adjoining areas.

A review and consultation process is now underway until 14 October 2020.

The public is invited to contribute to the review process by offering any comments in the online PSPO consultation

We will consider all comments received before making a decision on whether the Public Spaces Protection Orders should be extended for a further three years. 

Councillor Robert Boswell, Cabinet member for environment and community safety, said,

“Alley gating has been an effective tool to combat issues such as anti-social behaviour and criminality with a partnership approach between the police, local authorities and the community.

“While we appreciate the gates may not have been a fully effective solution to all issues, they seek to reassure residents by securing previously vulnerable areas.

“It’s now important that we gather views on the continued use of alley gates in Preston and the Public Space Protection Orders. Visit the council’s website to give your views before the deadline of Wednesday 14 October.”

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