The council would like to use new powers to get tough with people who:
- Urinate, defecate or spit in public places
- Are not prepared to clean up after their dog
- Smoke in children’s play areas
- Drive on footpaths and verges
In order to do this they wish to introduce what is known as a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO). A PSPO would allow them to act quickly when they see these environmental crimes being committed. Breach of a PSPO is an offence for which an offender can be prosecuted and convicted by the Magistrates Court but the legislation allows them to issue fines (Fixed Penalty Notices) as an alternative to taking the matter to court. Not only do PSPOs make it easier for them to take action, but they hope will also make people think twice before acting anti-socially.
In order to make this happen, they need to check whether you, the people of Harrow, would welcome them being able to act in this way when tackling the issues above – that’s why they’ve designed this survey.
They also want to use it to hear from you about environmental problems in your area, so that they can target the areas of Harrow worse affected.
You can respond to the survey here.