2018 PSPO CONSULTATION GUIDE – RECLAIM ROSSLYN ROAD
The consultation link is here https://haveyoursay.citizenspace.com/community-safety/rosslyn-road/
Questions 1-5 relate to you and your experiences at the clinic – please enter the correct postcode where asked. It is important that the location of respondents is accurately captured.
If you have never witnessed the protestors you can still complete the consultation and can just answer “Don’t know” to the ones where you are not sure.
Question 6 & 7 are aimed at people who participate in the protests. You can continue the consultation by leaving these blank.
8. Do you agree or disagree with the boundaries of the proposed buffer zone in the Rosslyn Road area?
We agree with the area proposed for the buffer zone. This covers all of the residential streets in the area and would avoid the protestors being displaced a short distance from the site but still able to identify visitors to the clinic. We recommend answering “Agree” to question 8.
9. Do you agree or disagree with each of the following proposed prohibitions in the buffer zone?
We believe all of the behaviours listed in question 9 should be prohibited and recommend answering “Agree” to all of the options.
10. One option would be to introduce a designated area for protesters/vigil holders to stand somewhere within the buffer zone. Do you agree or disagree with this option?
We don’t think a designated area is a good idea: it is fine to protest where laws are made (e.g. outside parliament), but not where vulnerable women access healthcare, and recommend answering this question with “Disagree”.
11. If a designated area were to be introduced, to what extent do you agree or disagree with each of the proposed restrictions listed below?
If there is to be a designated area, then we would prefer that all of the behaviours listed are prohibited and recommend answering “Agree” to all three questions.
12. Is there anything we would need to consider regarding location if we were to introduce a designated area?
If there is a designated area, we ask that it is not in the line of sight of the entrance of the clinic so that clients and staff can preserve their anonymity. It should not be possible to identify clients or staff from the location of the designated area.
13. 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?
We believe the answer to this question is yes – the prohibitions will have a positive impact on women. Sex is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act and the protests are aimed exclusively at women.
14. If you have any final comments regarding this consultation, please use the space below:
Please feel free to add any thoughts or comments here.
The final few questions are collecting more information about you which you can choose if you want to answer.