The PSPO which provides a Buffer Zone around the BPAS clinic in Rosslyn Road to prevent protestors from holding pro-life vigils is due to expire at the end of March 2022.
In order to maintain the Buffer Zone, and prevent the ongoing harrassment of clients, staff and local residents, Richmond Council needs to consult on it's success.
The consultation is running for 6 weeks, from 20th July to 30th Aug 2021 and can be completed here:
Below are the questions and some ideas to help you answer the questions. To maintain the buffer zone, the consultation needs to demonstrate that
- the zone was effective
- vigils are likely to restart if the zone was removed. Note - Richmond Council did try and negotiate with the Good Counsel Network prior to the implementation of the buffer zone and they were unwilling to consider reloacting or stopping.
In what capacity are you responding to this consultation?
Please tick all that are relevant to you. The Council are particularly keen to hear the views of people living in the buffer zone or regularly visiting it.
Please provide your address and postcode.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with the proposal to renew the Rosslyn Road PSPO, maintaining the same restrictions and boundaries for the buffer zone?
To what extent do you agree or disagree that the current PSPO has been effective in reducing the detrimental impact on the locality?
To what extent do you agree or disagree that if the current PSPO is not renewed, the activities will have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality, or will risk those detrimental effects resuming or reoccurring?
* Strongly Agree
If you have any final comments regarding this consultation, please use the space below:
Key messages are:
1) The buffer zone has made a lasting positive impact to the local area
2) You expect the protestors to resume vigils if the buffer zone was removed
3) Women are being protected from harrassment which would not be the case if the buffer zone was removed.
Do you think the proposed prohibitions may have an impact, either positive or negative, on any group of people with a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010?
Please tell us what you think the impact would be on which group(s):
* postive impact on Women who are disproportionately targeted by the protestors
Final page asks standard demographic questions - age/nationality/gender etc.