FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

02 January 2020

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to request the following information regarding Community Protection Notices (CPNs) and Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs):

 

1) The number of CPN warnings issued from October 2018 - December 2019;

 

2) The number of CPNs issued from October 2018 - December 2019;


 

3) Brief details of the circumstances/ reasons why each of the CPN warnings and CPNs were issued;

 

4) The number of breaches of those CPNs;

 

5) The number of fines/Fixed Penalty Notices imposed for failure to comply with those CPNs;

 

6) Details of the fines imposed/other court orders made for failure to comply with those CPNs;

 

7) The number of PSPOs issued from January 2019 - December 2019, and those in consideration for the future;

 

8) The detrimental activity that those PSPOs sought to target;

 

9) The number of fines/Fixed Penalty Notices issued for breach of those PSPOs;

 

10) Details of the fines imposed for failure to comply with those PSPOs;


 

11) If the council is using private contractors to enforce PSPOs: stating the company and relevant PSPO, as well as whether there is a financial incentive to issue fines.

 

If you are unable to provide details behind each individual CPN warning, CPN and PSPO due to exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act, please place the circumstances of each under broad categories such as ‘allowing dog to escape/severely overgrown garden/putting up tents,’ alongside the number issued for that offence.

 

If it is not possible to provide all the information requested due to the request exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please answer as many of the questions as is possible (prioritising 1-3, 5 and 7-9) within the time limits, or advise me as to how I can refine my request.

 

If you hold no record of CPN warnings, CPNs or PSPOs being issued in your local authority area, or if none have been issued, please respond to this FOI request accordingly.



East Herts Council Response

03 January 2020

I am writing to acknowledge your written request for information.

Your request is being considered and you will receive the information requested within the statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000, subject to the information not being exempt or containing reference to a third party.

The Act defines a number of exemptions, which may prevent release of the information you have requested.  There will be an assessment of your request and if any of the exemption categories apply then the information will not be released.  You will be informed if this is the case, including your rights of appeal.

If the information you request contains reference to a third party then they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken on whether or not to release the information to you.  You will be informed if this is the case.

There may be a fee payable for this information, this will be considered and you will be informed if any fees are payable.  In this event the fee must be paid before the information is processed and released.  The 20 working day time limit for the response is suspended until receipt of payment.

If you have any queries about the processing of your request then please do not hesitate to contact me.

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

Your personal details will be held within out Information Request case management system, and only used for the purposes of evaluating and processing your request.

While details of your information request may be published on the council website, your personal details will never be published or released to anyone outside the council unless it is required by the Information Commissioners Office.

Thank you for your request.

 



East Herts Council Response

22 January 2020

Thank you for your request for information, this has now been processed and the information that we hold is enclosed.

1. The number of CPN warnings issued from October 2018 - December 2019;
67 – There are typically done in partnership with other agencies within the East Herts Community Safety Partnership.  Therefore these numbers are reflective of ones issued by all agencies not solely East Herts Council

2. The number of CPNs issued from October 2018 - December 2019;
28 - These figures are again reflective of all CPNs that have been issued by the CSP

3. Brief details of the circumstances/ reasons why each of the CPN warnings and CPNs were issued;
The CPWs were issued for one or more of the following:

  • Litter / refuse related issues
  • The use of drugs / unlawful substances at a property
  • Neighbour disputes / nuisance annoyance / conduct of visitors
  • Noise disturbances that do not constitute a statutory nuisance
  • Fly posting
  • Non-association with named persons
  • Not to attend specific addresses
  • To engage with support services
  • Begging or asking persons for money
  • Possession of alcohol in a public place

4. The number of breaches of those CPNs;
To the best of my knowledge three Community Protection Notices have been breached

5. The number of fines/Fixed Penalty Notices imposed for failure to comply with those CPNs;
One resulted in a fine

6. Details of the fines imposed/other court orders made for failure to comply with those CPNs;
One led to a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO)

7. The number of PSPOs issued from January 2019 - December 2019, and those in consideration for the future;
East Herts Council renewed it’s existing PSPO in May 2019; however discharged some of the previous conditions.

8. The detrimental activity that those PSPOs sought to target;
Details can be found here: https://www.eastherts.gov.uk/community-wellbeing/public-spaces-protection-order-pspo

9. The number of fines/Fixed Penalty Notices issued for breach of those PSPOs;
Nil

10. Details of the fines imposed for failure to comply with those PSPOs;
N/A

11. If the council is using private contractors to enforce PSPOs: stating the company and relevant PSPO, as well as whether there is a financial incentive to issue fines.
N/A

If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Alternatively for more information on the Freedom of Information Act contact the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Telephone 0303 123 1113

https://ico.org.uk/

 

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

 

Thank you for your request.