New powers to protect our public spaces

Release Date: 20/03/2017

New rules that could encourage the appropriate use of the borough’s parks and public places will be introduced, subject to public consultation.

Following changes in national legislation, Richmond Council is launching a consultation on proposals for new Public Spaces Protection Orders. These orders can be used to address anti-social activities in public spaces, which are having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of local people.

The new measures will replace the current Dog Control Orders with similar but updated requirements. In addition, actions and behaviours such as flying drones, starting fires and using fireworks are amongst those being considered for restrictions.

The consultation will commence on 6 March and run through until 10 April. It is the intention to introduce the new Public Space Protection Orders by autumn 2017.

Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:

“We have some of the most beautiful parks and open spaces in London. We know that local residents really value these spaces, with 98% satisfaction from our users.”

“However, the enjoyment of our parks can often be ruined by people adopting anti-social or thoughtless behaviour. This includes using disposable BBQs, intruding someone’s privacy by flying a drone or playing loud music.

“In addition, we have seen a rise in the number of complaints we are receiving about dogs not being under control and professional dog walkers from other boroughs bringing dogs to our parks. This protection order will review these issues.

“Richmond upon Thames is a pleasant, vibrant and enjoyable place to live, work and visit and we very much intend for these orders to help us keep it that way.”

To have your say, please see the consultation.

Updated: 20 March 2017