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Jul 11 2017

Harrow Council: Cracking down on bad behaviour

A new borough-wide protection order is now in place to keep trouble out of the borough. Includes £100 fine for urinating, defecating and spitting in public.

A massive crackdown on filth and anti-social behaviour is now in effect – anyone caught making Harrow dirty will face a spot fine of £100.

Harrow Council have approved a borough-wide Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) – so anyone caught taking part in filthy behaviours such as urinating, defecating, or spitting in public will pay the price.

With the backing of the police and Harrow residents, there will also be a ban on driving over footpaths, footways and verges; failing to pick up dog mess and smoking in children’s play areas. Joint work with the police will help tackle drunkenness – no, there’s no ban on drinking but people must stop when asked to do so by officers.

Graham Henson, cabinet member for environment said:

“Like all our residents and businesses I want to see a clean, safe and trouble-free borough. Sadly there are some individuals intent on making Harrow a dirty and unpleasant place to live and work – and that is totally unacceptable. That is why we’ve introduced these tough new powers, and we will be working closely with Harrow Police. Anyone caught destroying our neighbourhoods or causing a nuisance to others will face the full weight of the law.”

The borough-wide PSPO will be in place for 3 years. It has the backing from residents and Harrow Metropolitan Police. Failure to pay the £100 fixed penalty notice could lead to prosecution where the fine increases to up to £1,000.

Niki Walker-Tassell, Temporary Chief Inspector, Harrow Police said:

“We welcome and fully support these new powers which will assist officers in dealing with offenders swiftly and effectively. Anti-social behaviour has a detrimental impact on the community and we will continue to work closely with Harrow Council to ensure that Harrow remains a great and safe place to live and work.”

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  1. irritated

    Nice to see that our Council is trying to tackle this problem. However, what happens if the person offending is unable to pay the fine? I have seen so many people spitting and urinating and they strike me as the type of people that perhaps would resist paying the fine. Just an observation but I have seen young people doing this, and wonder how they are expected to pay the fine. Perhaps their parents can be fined? Just a thought.

  2. mike mcfadden

    We must implement what Mayor Rudy Giuliani did in New York. “The Broken Widow effect” Harrow as gone so far down the road of Blair’s and Nu-Labour decadence its going to be a long haul but its not impossible to reverse our decline.
    My favourite Chines proverb say’s a man that want’s to move a mountain must start by picking up small stones. The most important word “START” because if you don’t start you can’t finish!!

    Let’s get our Harrow back from the brink.

    Ave a nice day. Mike

  3. john jacobs

    All fine and dandy. A lot of this is covered by local bylaws . So nothing new.
    Like all initatives it starts with a fanfare.

    Just where are the extra staff and or police going to magic out of thin air to enforce said powers.

    So many powers/bylaws/powers of arrest ..but no one to enforce .on a regular basis.

    Sounds good dear friends but its like the councils weeks of action. Starts with a bang and ends up a damp squid.

  4. Harrow Dude

    Hopefully this will mean an end to the professional beggars that are in Harrow Town Centre.

  5. Someonewhocares

    The actual implementation of the PSPO is listed here:

    http://www.harrow.gov.uk/download/downloads/id/10011/pspo_document

    Yes, enforcement is key, as is making everyone aware of any/all fines imposed too!

    Other Councils have introduced these with some success; It seems being able to say to perpetrators “Do you realise you just infringed a PSPO (and fines are £XYZ)?” can be quite an effective incentive……

  6. Concerned Harrovian

    Latest headline from the Harrow Times

    ‘Man attacked with stun gun at his own front door’

    Yet another serious crime in Harrow. The London Mayor should reverse his decision to close South Harrow police station. Also there are plans to have one police borough commander for three boroughs Barnet, Brent and Harrow. This is utter madness.

  7. Concerned Harrovian

    Yet another serious incident that the police are attending in the Locket Road/Montrose Road area of Wealdstone. Road near the Methodist church cordoned off. Utter madness to close the police station.

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