Over the last 12 months there has been an increase in street drinking, begging and anti-social behaviour in Tooting Town Centre and the surrounding area.
The local police team have organised various operations to target these problems and have also made it a tasking priority when allocating police resources. Through The Tooting Partnership, Wandsworth Council and working with the police, we are now looking at a long term approach.
As you know, the Tooting and the Graveney ward currently have a Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) in operation which gives the police the power to deal with street drinkers who are causing anti-social behaviour.
The Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 was introduced in October 2014 and replaced DPPOs with Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO). PSPOs give the council the authority to create a restricted zone within a geographical area to combat different types of nuisance and anti-social behaviour.
The department of community safety, at Wandsworth Council, has been in consultation with the police on how they can use this legislation to address the issues that they have in the Tooting area. The council are proposing to revoke the DPPO and introduce a PSPO that would cover Tooting, Graveney and a small section of the Bedford ward. The PSPO would not only primarily deal with street drinking but also begging and individuals who cause anti-social behaviour. The prohibitions would be:
1. Drinking alcohol or consuming intoxicating substances after having been required to stop by an authorised person.
2. No person shall fail to surrender unsealed containers of alcohol within the designated area to an authorised person.
3. No person shall fail to surrender sealed containers of alcohol if acting in a manner to cause or likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress within the designated area to an authorised person.
4. No person shall loiter in the same location, within the designated area, with intention to beg.
5. No person shall gather in groups of two or more persons and behave in an anti-social manner that causes or is likely to cause harassment alarm and distress
The first step in introducing this order is a public consultation. The department will be consulting with local residents, businesses, schools, places of worship, Transport for London, London Underground, St. George’s Hospital, the Tooting Town Centre Manager and Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinators.
The consultation will be open until the 3rd January 2017.
Local people who wish to comment can see more details here.
To have your say contact the council’s Community Safety Division by January 3rd.
Call (020) 8871 6254/8895