A multi-agency action day took place in Pill today (Tuesday 8th August 2017) to raise awareness of the recently implemented Public Space Protection Order.
The Order, which was introduced on July 25th this year, aims to improve the quality of life for those living in, working in or visiting the Pill area of Newport. It gives the Police more powers to tackle behaviours that concern local residents including street drinking, intimidating gangs and drugs.
The purpose of the day was to engage with local residents, educate on the new powers the police have as a result of the PSPO and to enforce these news powers when necessary.
Gwent Police, along with One Newport partner agencies including Newport City Council and South Wales Fire and Rescue kicked off the day of action at the Pill Millennium Centre with a briefing for partners and local residents.
Local Officers and Newport Council Community Safety Wardens were on patrol to speak to local residents about their concerns and to enforce breaches of the PSPO whilst Connect Gwent Victim Support staff visited residents who had been victims of crime and/or anti-social behaviour to offer support and information.
South Wales Fire and Rescue with Newport Council Environmental Health visited numerous properties in the area and identified 4 properties of concern with problems identified including faulty alarms, fire risks, over-crowding and houses in disrepair. Further work will now be done on these houses.
Pride in Pill, Newport Council Streetscene, Keep Wales Tidy, Community Safety Wardens, Charter Housing, United Living and NCH were accompanied by local residents on a litter pick in Pill and collected over 2 tonnes of rubbish.
Shops and business in the area were visited by Pride in Pill representatives who encouraged owners to sign “Pride in Newport Pledge” to keep the fronts of their business clean and free from rubbish.
Newport Council Youth Service were at the Pill Millennium Centre and the Community Hub to engage with local youths and partner agencies delivered hundreds of information leaflets to houses in the Pill area.
Gwent Police Inspector Paul Davies who is the lead for Pill Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “We work hard with all our partners to help improve the image of Pill for visitors and importantly to ensure the quality of life for residents living in Pill.
“We deal with a broad range of issues that are presented to us on a daily basis. Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) are intended to deal with nuisance or problems in a particular area that are detrimental to the local community by imposing conditions which apply to everyone so that the majority of law-abiding people can use and enjoy our public spaces and be safe from anti-social behaviour.
“I would like to thank everyone who came along today - both our partners and our local residents. The turnout was great and the feedback we had was really positive. This is not a one off event, we are committed to improving Pill for residents and people who frequent the area so action days such as these will take place periodically throughout the year and of course the enforcement will be ongoing.”
The Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, said: “Both Gwent Police and my office are proactively working with our partners and residents in the community to tackle some of the most pressing issues raised with us.
“As I have stated on numerous occasions, it is vital to ensure that we support our communities to become more resilient and empower them to harness local resources and expertise to help themselves. Only through strong partnership working and by putting the needs of the individual at the heart of what we do, can we seek to provide the best possible quality of life for our citizens, in particular our most vulnerable.”