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Proposed Public Space Protection Order for Fox Hollies Park and the Gospel Estate.

by Roger Harmer on 26 July, 2015

In recent months there has been work among partners through the East Birmingham Local Community Safety Partnership to address anti-social behaviour caused by quad bikes and other off-road vehicles. This causes significant concerns for local residents throughout the year, but especially in the summer. As part of the partnership approach towards this problem, they have decided to apply for a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for part of Acocks Green ward. The area covered is Fox Hollies Park and the surrounding area enclosed by Shirley Road, Pool Farm Road, Pollard Road, Gospel Lane, Redstone Farm Road, Westhay Road, Sleaford Road, and School Road.

PSPO’s are part of the new ASB legislation which was introduced nationally in October 2014. This new Order provides the Police with additional powers across a defined geographical area to tackle a wide range of anti-social behaviour concerns of local residents. In Acocks Green ward, it is proposed to  introduce it to address quad bike related ASB around Fox Hollies Park and the Gospel estate. It would introduce prohibitions for groups of people congregating; people using off road vehicles; and wearing face coverings, which intimidates local residents. It would also require any young people to be referred to the Early Intervention Team at Youth Offending who will provide appropriate diversion measures.

This Order has been informed by evidence from residents and professionals which demonstrates the scale of the issue for the local community, and the aim would be for it to be implemented for 12 months.

The Order is now at the consultation phase. This will officially conclude on Tuesday 4th August 2015, though its been agreed to extend the consultation to include feedback from the meeting of the Fox Hollies Green Neighbourhood Forum on 5th August (7pm at Oaklands School on Dolphin Lane).

The Local Community Safety Partnership is interested in comments in support of / against this Public Space Protection Order. These will be reviewed before the decision is taken whether to proceed with the Order. Comments can be shared with the police by contacting Amelia Murray, Safer Neighbourhoods Partnerships Manager at Birmingham City Council. She can be contacted at:

Email: amelia.murray@birmingham.gov.uk

Phone: 0121 303 6604

Post: c/o Amelia Murray, Rear of 146 Lea Hall Road, Birmingham, B33 8JT

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