Wick Woodland PSPO Consultation 2018

Closes 5 Dec 2018

Opened 31 Oct 2018

Overview

For a number of years the Council has received numerous complaints about unauthorised gatherings and associated noise, littering and other antisocial behaviour (ASB) taking place in Wick Woodland (by Hackney Marshes). This includes large antisocial parties and raves that cause significant noise disturbance in the local area, as well as significant environmental and wildlife damage. As a result of the raves, trees have been broken and uprooted, which has had a detrimental effect on nesting birds and mammals living in the woodland. The Council’s parks team has also had to clear up an extensive amount of rubbish and repair the damage caused to the Wick Woodland area.

The Council and the Police have taken measures to prevent ASB on Wick Woodland. This has included: installing logs and natural fencing to make the area difficult to access with machinery; applying for injunctions to prevent organisers setting up raves; and issuing community protection warnings. The Woodland Trust have also replanted worn areas of woodland. However, this has not stopped the antisocial behaviour, which is why we are proposing to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), enabling our Neighbourhood Enforcement Officers to issue on-the-spot fines to those organising and attending raves and causing ASB in the area.

Why We Are Consulting

The aim of this consultation is to understand Hackney residents' experiences of ASB in Wick Woodland, understand whether you would support the introduction of a PSPO, and gather your thoughts on what it should include. We want to make sure we get this right, so that the Council can protect this valued woodland space, whilst also ensuring we allow and encourage residents to use and appreciate it.

Please read the supporting summary document below before completing this survey.

Have your say on Wick Woodland

Areas

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Audiences

  • Business
  • Community groups/ organisations
  • Residents

Interests

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  • Community safety
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Parks & green spaces