Last chance to comment on proposals to tackle begging and street drinking in Tooting
Published: Thursday 5th January 17
Local people have another few days to comment on proposals to crack down on anti-social behaviour in Tooting.
The council is proposing to bring in a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) covering Tooting and Graveney wards and part of Bedford. The public consultation on the proposals has been extended to Tuesday (Jan 10) to give people a bit more time to respond following the Christmas and New Year break.
PSPOs were brought in under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. It will mean the police are able to confiscate alcohol and give them more powers to deal with beggars and people behaving in an anti-social way.
Over the last 12 months there has been an increase in street drinking and begging in Tooting Town Centre. The proposed PSPO would be used in conjunction with the existing policy of sending drug and alcohol outreach workers into the community to engage with street drinkers and encourage them to get treatment. The PSPO aims to target organised and aggressive begging, not homeless people. Those genuinely in need will receive help from the appropriate services.
Community services spokesman Cllr Jonathan Cook said: “We have heard local people’s complaints about an increase in anti-social behaviour in this part of the borough. Imposing a PSPO will give our community safety team and the police more powers to do something about persistent bad behaviour that is damaging the quality of life of people living in the area.
“But first we want to know what local residents and businesses think about the proposal, and I would urge anyone with a view to get in touch.”
Local businesses, schools, churches, London Underground, St George’s Hospital and other local people and organisations have been asked for their views.
Local residents who wish to comment can see more details here.
To have your say contact the council’s Community Safety Division by January 10.
Call (020) 8871 6254/8895
The area covered by the proposed PSPO