Everyone should be able to enjoy public spaces which are safe and welcoming. No one should have to put up with behaviour which has a negative impact on them or their environment.
We believe there is a case for consulting on a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to address issues that have been reported to us relating to behaviours by individuals and members of groups on Wynnstay Grove in Fallowfield, where Marie Stopes UK provides NHS and private abortion care.
After looking at the evidence and taking into account what people have told us, we have carefully considered a number of different options that could help us to reduce anti-social behaviour in the area. The introduction of a PSPO is one way to do this, therefore we are asking for your views on this proposal.
By law, anyone has the right to access abortion care. We are committed to protecting people from harassment and intimidation, including when using health services. Read the minutes from the 2018 Council meeting.
A PSPO would specify behaviour which is unacceptable – and give the police and Council an extra tool to help tackle it.
A summary of what we’re proposing
Based on our investigations and what we’ve been told by the community and partners about the impact, we are proposing that some behaviours will not be allowed within the boundary of Wellington Road, Wilbraham Road along Moseley Road, Ladybarn Lane, Lees Hall Crescent onto Egerton Road towards Wilmslow Road. Then along Wilmslow Road, Granville Road and Wellington Road back to Wilbraham Road.
The behaviours that the PSPO could prevent includes protesting, intimidation, harassment or interfering with staff or users of the centre. It could also prevent people from recording, photographing, broadcasting loudly, displaying or distributing materials about abortion care.
To enforce these rules, a PSPO would give officers the authority to deal with people who break the rules.
The PSPO could include the introduction of a zone within the area that provides a space for people to assemble and express their views with fewer restrictions. We have identified three possible zones:
- Zone 1 - on the pavement outside Manchester South Delivery Post Office, Wilmslow Road.
- Zone 2 - on the pavement on Wilmslow Road near the car park, which is on the opposite side of the road to the entrance to Carill Drive.
- Zone 3 - on the pavement on the corner of Ladybarn Road and Standish Road, opposite the entrance to Sainsbury’s car park
Tell us what you think
This consultation will help us to understand if a PSPO is an appropriate response and will help inform the decision whether or not we go ahead with these proposals. Please share your ideas if you think there is another way to deal with these issues. We are keen to hear your views.
We will write to local residents, businesses and the representatives of the groups and organisations previously engaged so that they are aware of this consultation.
If you need help to complete the survey, call 0161 234 4612 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens next?
Your responses will be carefully analysed and reviewed. Officers will then recommend whether or not a PSPO should be introduced, and if so what should be included. A report will be submitted to the Council’s Communities and Equalities Scrutiny Committee for consideration. Any recommendations will be taken into account before a final decision is made whether or not to introduce a PSPO.