After years of lobbying, Harrow Road Labour Councillors have welcomed a court decision to grant Westminster Council’s application for a pre-emptive injunction at Maida Hill Market. The injunction imposes legal restrictions on the type of behaviour that Maida Hill market has experienced for a long time.
Residents have often complained about anti-social behaviour, however without formal complaints the police and council had few legal powers to act. The injunction prohibits such behaviour and is location specific, not person specific, allowing much greater enforcement action when needed. Local councillors were quick to point out that the injunction would need to be enforced sensitively, to continue to allow genuine community activity and need active co-operation between the council and police.
Harrow Road Labour Councillor Guthrie McKie said:
“After years of pushing, this is a really positive step towards tackling a problem that has been blighting Maida Hill market place. But it’s important the council and police now enforce this injunction, and do so in a way that not only tackles threatening and anti-social behaviour, but also allows those in our community who use the public space considerately to continue to do so.”