Statement on High Court safe zone judgement

Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council said: “We are delighted that HHJ Turner has emphatically upheld our public spaces protection order (PSPO) at Mattock Lane in full with no parts quashed. This sends a clear message to those that have denied that there is evidence of unacceptable behaviour having a detrimental impact on people in this area, that there was a problem and action needed to be taken. 

"The harassment and intimidation of local residents and those accessing legally available medical services was totally unacceptable and “the feelings of intrusion” was clearly having a negative impact.

"Since the safe zone was implemented in April, we have seen a dramatic reduction in anti-social behaviour, confirming to us that we were right to take this action in the interest of those people living in the locality of Mattock Lane, and for those who visit the area.

"We do call on the Home Secretary to review our evidence and action, which shows that the activities which were taking place are similar to activities happening up and down the country on a daily basis and save other councils the significant costs that have been incurred in this matter, and to make specific legislation in respect of such activities in the interests of people all over the country."