Posted: 16/01/18 by Northampton Borough Council
The introduction of a new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) has seen Northampton’s Marble Arch alleyway gated.
Gates were added to both the Barrack Road and Ash Street ends of the passageway on Friday, 12 January following a public consultation in 2017.
Over 80 per cent of people who responded in the consultation between May and August, voted in favour of the area being permanently gated in a bid to cut down on anti-social behaviour such as street drinking and fly-tipping.
Any breach of this new PSPO, which is the second to be implemented in the town, would be a criminal offence and could result in a Fixed Penalty Notice or prosecution, resulting in a fine of up to £1,000 on conviction.
Cllr Anna King, cabinet member for community safety and engagement, said: “As soon as the PSPO for Marble Arch was agreed to a Cabinet, we applied for the relevant planning permission and licensing to allow for the order to be implemented in early 2018.
“We hope the newly installed gates will deter future anti-social behaviour in the area and will help to improve the quality of life for local people.”
More information about the PSPO’s for Marble Arch and Northampton town centre can be found at www.northampton.gov.uk/info/200258/community-safety/2300/public-spaces-protection-order-pspo