Ravenscourt Road Public Spaces Protection Order Consultation

Closed 17 Sep 2015

Opened 11 Aug 2015

Overview


What are we consulting on?

We are asking Ravenscourt Park residents whether they want us to bring in a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to prevent the practice of picking up workers from the Ravenscourt Park area for casual, cash-in-hand labour.

Why are we consulting?

Some residents have complained about noise and anti-social behaviour as a result of groups of people seeking casual work congregating in roads around Ravenscourt Park on weekday mornings between 6am to 11am.

How would a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) work?

It would apply to a restricted area comprising Ravenscourt Park, Ravenscourt Avenue, Ravenscourt Road, Ravenscourt Place and King Street between Ravenscourt Park and Ravenscourt Road.

Under the order, it would be prohibited to:

  • Approach any person in a public place within the restricted area to offer them, or with the intent to offer them, casual employment; and
  • Loiter in the restricted area between 6am and 11am, Monday to Saturday.
     

Who would enforce this?

Police officers and designated council officers, including neighbourhood wardens, parks police and street scene officers. They would be able to issue on-the-spot fines of up to £100 to employers and workers.

Is the target employers or workers?

We would intend first to target would-be employers. We hope this will reduce the casual work available, which should reduce the numbers of people looking for such work.

What about the workers?

Although officers could also fine workers, they would initially direct them to services to help them find legitimate employment and other support services.

Casual workers hired in this way are often exploited, earning less than the minimum wage and exposed to unsafe working environments.

What Happens Next

 

 

 

Areas

  • Ravenscourt Park

Audiences

  • Anyone from any background

Interests

  • Community safety
  • Residents' satisfaction
  • Homelessness
  • Crime and community safety