Kettering Council has proposed a public spaces protection order this will see skateboarding become a criminal offence in a large area of the town.
Sign the Petition now - https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stop-the-kettering-public-spaces-protection-order-1
The council has grouped skateboarding, bmxing and scooters with other issues such as begging, the car park guys hanging out in London Road, under 18’s out after 11pm, loitering, drinking in the street etc please see the full document here: www.kettering.gov.uk/publicspacesprotectionorder
By grouping the issues together in this way the council has created a list that will no doubt include something that annoys somebody somewhere, but are these issues really a crime? Are there different options we could try?
Most of the points on the Public Spaces Protection Order have long been part of living in Kettering and we can not understand why they would now become a criminal offence when there are already laws to deal with problems that cause genuine harm to society.
After we published the proposed PSPO on our Facebook we have been inundated with people who disagree with the council’s heavy handed tactics.
So we contacted the council with an open letter and formally asked them to halt their motion and start a proper process of consultation as a matter of urgency.
View the open letter sent on 23/04/15 here: Open Letter regarding the Proposed Public Spaces Protection Order PDF
We now had a reply to our letter from Councillor Derek Zanger which is available to view below. We also sent copies to all our local politicians and prospective politicians to find out their position on the matter.
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- Politicians that have responded and oppose the PSPO
Mick Scrimshaw – Labour - View PDF Response
Clark Mitchell - Labour - View PDF Response
Rhea Keehn – Labour Parlimentary Candidate - View PDF Response
Rob Reeves – Green Party Candidate - View PDF Response
Linda Adams - Labour - View PDF Response
- Politicians that have responded but been unclear on their position
Councillor Derek Zanger - Conservative – View PDF Response
Councillor Stephen Bellamy – Conservative - View PDF Response
Jonathan Bullock – UKIP - View PDF Response
Philip Hollobone – Conservative MP for Kettering - View PDF Response
- Politicians that have responded and support the PSPO
- Politicians that support elements of the PSPO
Maggie Don – Labour - View PDF Response
- Current Politicians that have NOT responded
Kettering Councillors; Duncan Bain, Michael Brown, Lloyd Bunday, James Burton, Ash Davies, Mark Dearing, June Derbyshire, Scott Edwards, Terry Freer, Ruth Groome, Jim Hakewill, Jenny Henson, David Howes, Anne Lee, Shirley Lynch, Mary Malin, Cliff Moreton, Russell Roberts, Mark Rowley, Jan Smith, Dave Soans, MikeTebbutt, Lesley Thurland, Greg Titcombe, Keli Watts, Jonathan West.
Long Live Southbank sent an open letter to Councilor Derek Zanger on behalf of the wider skateboarding community. LLSB were instrumental in the campaign to save Southbank skate spot in London in 2014 and have supported various skateboarding
View the open letter here: http://www.chopperskate.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/LLSB-Kettering-Council-2.pdf
Yesterday we sent an open letter to Councillor Derek Zanger in reply to his response to the open letter which was sent from Chopper Skate Shop & Friends on 23 April.
This is a joint letter from Chopper Skate Shop, Long Live Southbank and Kettering Skate Park & Friends as the proposed PSPO has country wide implications we will be fighting the PSPO together.
We now have over 2500 signatures for our petition therefore “‘If a petition contains more than 2,500 signatures it will be debated by the full council… This means that the issue raised in the petition will be discussed at a meeting which all councillors can attend’.
The proposed PSPO came out of the blue with no warning. No person has approached representatives of the Skateboarding community to raise concerns about complaints or damage. We would like the council to scrap the proposed PSPO and work with the people effected to try and resolve the issues they have now highlighted? instead of jumping straight in with the hard line approach of criminalisation.
We recognise that you are just settling in to your new roles but hopefully you can appreciate the severity of the proposals implications not only for the skateboarding community but for all the other restrictions raised on the PSPO which are already well covered by current laws.
Thank you for your time and for reading through the attached letter, please could you let us know if you will be supporting or objecting to the proposed PSPO.
Photos: Matt Clarke