Following widespread problems around the Dips on 30/31 May, many residents contacted Councillors Ian Lewis, Lesley Rennie and Paul Hayes with requests for help to avoid a repeat in the weeks ahead.
Since then, the councillors have held several meetings with Council Directors and the following Action Plan is being implemented. Residents who have any comments or suggestions can contact Ian, Lesley or Paul.
1. Protection Order
A total of 724 residents gave their views on the plans for a Public Space Protection Order, with 702 people in favour. The PSPO is now in force and will last for two years.
It gives the police, PCSOs and Council enforcement staff powers to:
- Issue Fixed Penalty Notices to anyone aged 18 or over who is in breach of the Order
- Issue Acceptable Behaviour Orders to under 18s
- Seize and destroy alcohol, drugs and other items
Any breaches of the order should be reported to Police on 101, or 999 in an emergency, for the best response. Wirral Community Patrol also have the designated powers to enforce these conditions and they can be contacted on 01516665265. Breaches can also be reported to the Council's Anti Social Behaviour Team on 01517772018 (response times may be delayed depending on other call outs).
Two events have been organised (social distancing in place) to enable residents to find out more about the Order:
- Friday 16 October 2020 (10am – 12 noon) in Morrison's car park
- Wednesday 21 October 2020 (10am – 12noon) in Morrison's car park
2. CCTV cameras
We have checked with the Council's Community Patrol Team and both CCTV cameras covering the Dips (at Harrison Drive and the Clown) are operational and in working order.
The cameras are currently monitored by Merseyside Police but, if calls are made to the Council's Community Patrol with concerns or reports, they too can access the cameras.
3. Parking enforcement:
Enhanced parking enforcement is taking place across the area. So far, 60 Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued. The Public Space Protection Order we worked for also gives enforcement officers the powers to issue fines to anyone parking on the Dips.
The temporary traffic regulation order preventing overnight parking of camper vans is now permanent (see attached document below) following action over the last 12 months by Councillor Lesley Rennie and the council committee that reviewed the issue.
Requests for enforcement should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and this email address is regularly monitored. The officers will increase patrols once again as we head towards another period of nice weather and the summer holidays.
4. FURTHER UPDATES
Residents who are not already receiving updates on the action being taken at the Dips are asked to email Councillor Ian Lewis email@example.com to receive future emails on this issue.