Agenda item

The Proposed Closure of Pedestrian Footpaths at Brickfields Railway Crossing and Kays Railway Crossing by Use of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO)

That the Committee:

 

1.   Note the contents of this report, and in particular the outcome of the public consultation exercise undertaken in respect of the Draft Public Space Protection Orders attached at Appendix 5 and Appendix 6;

 

2.   Approve the implementation of the Public Spaces Protection Order at Appendix 5, that will close to pedestrians, Footpath Wr858 (Brickfields Crossing) for a maximum period of three years; and

 

3.   Approve the implementation of a Public Spaces Protection Order at Appendix 6, that will close to pedestrians, Footpath Wr678 (Kays Crossing) for a maximum period of three years.

Minutes:

The Committee considered a report on the creation of Public Space Protection Orders to prohibit the use of the two railway crossings, footpath WR858 linking Brickfields Park to Astwood Road and WR-678 linking Bromyard Road to Laugherne Brook Nature Reserve, also known as the Kays crossing, in response to anti-social behaviour.

 

The Community Services Team manager presented the report and explained the findings of the public consultation which had been undertaken in March and April. In summary, the negative impact of closing the two footpaths on residents had to be balanced against the severity of the anti-social behaviour in both locations, the danger for young adults and the impact this has on Network Rail staff and its passengers.

 

The report concluded that the anti-social behaviour identified and experienced by Network Rail met the criteria for a PSPO in both locations and the identified restrictions were considered to be measured, will stop anti-social behaviour and will not be a significant detriment to other users.

 

Committee Members debated the report and balanced restricting public access against the need for public safety. The view was expressed that any fencing should be as robust as possible. Members noted that closure would be for a maximum of 3 years.

 

RESOLVED: That the Committee agree to:

 

1.   note the contents of this report, and in particular the outcome of the public consultation exercise undertaken in respect of the Draft Public Space Protection Orders attached at Appendix 5 and Appendix 6;

 

2. approve the implementation of the Public Spaces Protection Order at Appendix 5, that will close to pedestrians, Footpath Wr858 (Brickfields Crossing) for a maximum period of three years; and

 

3.   approve the implementation of a Public Spaces Protection Order at Appendix 6, that will close to pedestrians, Footpath Wr678 (Kays Crossing) for a maximum period of three years.

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