Consultation on a public spaces protection order (PSPO) around Marie Stopes Clinic
This consultation closed on 26 March 2018.
On 10 April 2018 Ealing Council’s cabinet members took the decision to implement a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) around the Marie Stopes clinic on Mattock Lane, Ealing - commonly known as the Mattock Lane Safe Zone.
At the meeting held on Tuesday, 10 April 2018 at Ealing Town Hall, cabinet considered the report from the council’s safer communities team, including several months of evidence about activity outside the clinic, the recent public consultation results and engagements with interested parties. Cabinet members agreed with the report recommendations that a PSPO should be introduced to address concerns and issues raised in relation to behaviours by members of Pro-Life and Pro-Choice groups outside the clinic.
Like other PSPOs in the borough, the order will be introduced for three years with a review to be held after six months. The review will include impact analysis and feedback from interested parties, council officers and police.
The decision was made to implement the PSPO following concerns raised that those attending the clinic faced harassment and intimidation from groups who positioned themselves outside the clinic.
Councillors have been satisfied that a PSPO is both necessary and would provide a proportionate response to the issues that have been identified which involve intimidation, harassment and distress.
Councillors agreed that the need to provide safe, unimpeded access to the clinic in the safe zone can be balanced with the Equality Act and the European Convention on Human Rights.
Anyone who breaches the order can be fined or prosecuted under the law. As part of the PSPO, a designated zone has been made west of the clinic on Mattock Lane for members of represented groups who will be able to carry out protests and vigils. These activities will be subject to several restrictions which will not apply in any areas outside that covered by the PSPO.
For any help or questions about this consultation please email SaferCommunities@ealing.gov.uk or call 020 8825 5994.