Public Spaces Protection Order for Cotmandene
Mole Valley District Council is inviting residents, businesses and users of Cotmandene in Dorking to have their say on whether a Public Spaces Protection Order should be introduced at this site, following reports of anti-social behaviour.A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) enables local authorities to regulate a particular nuisance or problem in a public place. Having previously acted on residents' concerns relating to Meadowbank and Kingston Road Recreation Grounds, by introducing a PSPO to a designated area, local councils and the police are given additional powers to tackle anti-social behaviour, such as being able to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) or prosecute through the magistrate's court.
Should one be introduced, the PSPO would cover the prevention of anti-social parking and dog fouling at Cotmandene. This proposal is in response to reports from local residents of anti-social behaviour. The introduction and enforcement of a PSPO would help both local residents and visitors to the site to enjoy Cotmandene free from anti-social behaviour.
For more information and to have your say on this proposal, please visit www.molevalley.gov.uk/pspo and complete the short online survey by Thursday 21 February 2019. Hard copies of the survey are also available from the reception of MVDC's offices in Pippbrook and Dorking Halls.
Councillor David Hawksworth CBE, Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, said: "Having listened to the concerns of users and residents surrounding Cotmandene, we propose introducing a PSPO in order to reduce anti-social behaviour at the site by enabling MVDC and the police to take appropriate action when incidents occur. Instances of anti-social behaviour at both Meadowbank and the Leatherhead Kingston Road Recreation grounds have significantly reduced at those sites following the introduction of PSPOs. We do not, however, wish to proceed with this without general support from the local community, so we are anxious to have your views, particularly if you have experienced or been affected by anti-social behaviour at Cotmandene."