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Anna Smith welcomes the Labour Council's Adoption of Measures to Tackle Alcohol Fuelled Anti-Social Behaviour in Petersfield Space

Cambridge Labour Councillors last fulfilled an election pledge last night when they agreed a Public Space Protection Order (or PSPO) for Petersfield Green play area, Ditchburn Place over 60s recreation area, and Mill Road Cemetery.

The libdems abstained after a last ditch attempt to scupper the wishes of the electorate

Anna Smith Labours candidate in Romsey says "This is another Labour promise fulfilled"


Anna continues

"This order has been needed for a long time. As a local resident myself, I have seen the situation deteriorate over the last few years, and from my frequent conversations on the doorstep, I know this is a big issue for others too. It is great to see the Labour Council take action on this after the failure of the previous council to address the issue effectively.

I am disappointed to discover that Labour has had to achieve this despite, rather than in partnership with, the Libdems. Locals have a clear and understandable desire to be able to use these public spaces again, and I would have hoped to see the Libdems being prepared to work with us to achieve this."

Local police said at the meeting the detailed approach in the new Order is right to make a real difference in cutting anti-social behaviour by drunk visitors to these spaces.

The Liberal Democrats moved an amendment to say that the police should only be able to act when there people were in the act of Anti-Social Behaviour at exactly the same time as drinking but Labour Councillors and the police representative at the Committee, Inspector Matt Johnson, said that the power was needed to tackle situations also when people were drunk before and after such acts as well.  In the final vote, there was no opposition to Labour’s proposal, supported by local police, and supported by the representatives and resident groups responsible for each of the three spaces and 68% of the public in an extensive recent local council consultation.

Anna Smith:

"Labour has invested money in helping people with alcohol difficulties and this action is designed to reduce hostility to a particular group that have taken over certain areas of public space and act in a way which prevents other people enjoying the space.
There has been no action taken against people in other areas of Romsey (such as the benches outside of the Co-op and at the end of Cavendish Road) who do not create a public nuisance with alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour."

Councillor Lewis Herbert, Council Leader and responsible for policing issues said ‘This is an intentionally clearly worded order for these three community spaces, which have suffered a decade of being taken over by groups of drunks, and a decade of inaction by the former Lib Dem-run City Council.  Parents with children, elderly people and cemetery visitors including dog walkers and residents are entitled to action to prevent their being intimidated and stop excessive damage caused to these three number spaces which are all that nearby residents have for recreation at this end of Mill Road.' 

Any further use of these powers needed in other locations will be considered, case by case, if needed and different approaches may be used to anti-social drinking or issues like inadequate dog control in other local areas.  This new measure takes effect from 1st June.’

February 16th 2015
Anna Smith Labour's candidate for the May election welcomes the new ‘public spaces protection orders’ (PSPOs) have been agreed in principle for Mill Road Cemetery, Petersfield Green and the front garden of Ditchburn Place in Cambridge.
The aim is to tackle anti-social behaviour resulting from a minority involved in street drinking to excess.
Cambridge City Council has now launched a consultation on implementing the PSPOs in these three locations near Mill Road before the problems these spaces regularly experience recur this summer.
The PSPOs are new powers which were introduced last October as part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
They would enable the council to impose conditions, such as giving local police extra powers for prohibiting street drinking, for the three areas.

Cllr Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council, said: “Elderly residents of Ditchburn Place, parents wanting to use the Petersfield Green play park, and cemetery visitors have seen repeated problems with street drinking that has resulted in anti-social behaviour in these three areas near to Mill Road.
“We believe that using PSPOs will help to make a difference and tackle these problems so we are now consulting local residents over the next few weeks with a view to taking firm action.
“We are determined to put a stop to the unacceptable behaviour of a small number of individuals that causes so much upset for those living and working nearby and we will continue to work closely with the police to deal with it.”
Plans for the PSPOs were agreed in principle for consultation at the council’s Strategy and Resources Scrutiny Committee on 13 February. A report summarising the consultation will be presented to the same committee on 23 March. A final decision on whether to implement the PSPOs will be made then.
Residents and others can give their views on the draft order by going to  or by emailing:, phoning Tom Kingsley on 01223 457045 or writing to: Safer Communities, Cambridge City Council, P.O Box 700, Cambridge CB1 0JH.
Notes for editors
  1. Reports presented to council committees are available on the council’s website:;
2.     PSPOs are designed to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in an area. The behaviour must be having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the community, it must be persistent or continuing and it must be unreasonable. The PSPO can impose restrictions on the use of that area which apply to everyone who is carrying out that activity. The orders are designed to ensure that the law-abiding majority can enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour. The council can make a PSPO on any public space within its own area but before doing so it must consult with the local police. The council must also consult whatever community representatives it thinks appropriate. This could relate to a specific group, (for instance a residents’ association), or an individual or group of individuals, (for instance, regular users of a park or for specific activities such as busking or other types of street entertainment);
3.     Before making a PSPO, the council also has to publish the draft order in accordance with regulations made by the Secretary of State. An interested person can challenge the validity of a PSPO in the High Court on two grounds: (1) that the council did not have the powers to make the order or to include prohibitions or requirements, or (2) that one of the requirements (for instance, consultation) had not been complied with. An interested person means an individual who lives in the restricted area or who works or regularly visits that area;
4.     Further information on the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act which introduced PSPOs can be found at:;
  1. Contacts
Cllr Lewis Herbert (Labour), Leader of Cambridge City Council, email:, tel: 07748 536153
Cllr Tim Bick (Liberal Democrat), Opposition spokesperson, email:, tel: 07720 413173

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