Queensway Alley Gating Public Space Protection Order 2021

Queensway Alley Gating Public Space Protection Order 2021

Why are we doing this?: 

Queensway Alley Gating Public Space Protection Order 2021

The Safer Streets Fund is a £25m fund, available to Police and Crime Commissioners (PCC) in England and Wales in 2020/21.

PCCs were asked to work with partners, to design and deliver local crime prevention plans with the outcome of reducing acquisitive (theft, burglary or similar) crimes through prevention, therefore making residents feel safer.

Why the Queensway Ward?

When we looked at how we could bid for this funding to benefit residents in Wrexham it was noted there was a higher level of crime such as burglaries in this area when compared to the figures for the rest of the county borough.

Whilst action has previously been taken with police and other partners to reduce crime levels in the area the results have been mixed and are not sustainable in the long term.

In order to come up with a more sustainable approach to improve the lives of residents we took a closer look at what could be done to reduce the higher crime levels. We found that one factor we could do something about was the network of alleys in the area. These alleys are attractive to criminals who use them to enter and leave areas without bringing any undue attention to themselves or their intentions.

WCBC in exercise of its powers under Sections 59, 64 and 72 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, seeks to make a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in order to close the footpaths. Residents directly affected by the closures will be provided with keys if they wish to ensure they can continue to have access.     

Footpaths Proposed to be Gated

next to 85/86 Bryn Hafod

next to 94/95 Bryn Hafod

next to 82 Cefndre.

next to 89 Cefndre.

next to 126 Cefndre

next to 59 Gwenfro to 66 Gwenfro

next to 155 Gwenfro

next to 37/38 Y Wern

Attached is a Notice of the proposed PSPO.  Please view the Order and any comments can be made via the enclosed survey.

What do we want to know?: 

Local comment to enable consideration of the final Public Space Protection order to be made.

What we found out: 

A smaller number of residents replied to the consultation than the one previously. As a response to some of the comments received some mitigating factors have been made.  The comments made by residents were reported in a report to the Wrexham Executive Board with proposals which were agreed on the 9th March 2021.

What difference has it made?: 

The findings of the consultation were reported to Wrexham Council's Executive board who on the 9th March made a decision to make the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) at all 8 locations proposed.

Consultation start date 01 February 2021
Consultation end date 01 March 2021


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