Public Space Protection Order Consultation Gullet Quarry 

About Gullet Quarry

Gullet Quarry, which is owned by Malvern Hills Trust, has been the site of several fatal swimming accidents over the years, most recently being the loss of two individuals during the summer of 2013. Immediately after those last two incidents the site was closed to the public and that same year the Malvern Hills Conservators (Trust) commissioned a report from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) which gave a number of further recommendations for improving safety at the site. Subsequent to that report new perimeter fencing and signage has been installed warning the public to keep out of the fenced area and not to swim in the quarry.

Despite being regularly patrolled by Trust wardens during the summer months, and regular attendance by both members of the police and the local fire service to raise public awareness of the dangers of swimming at the quarry, the Trust are still recording frequent incidents of individuals or groups entering the fenced-out area and swimming in the quarry. This was particularly problematic during the long hot summer period of 2018, with up to 40 individuals being recorded within the fenced area at one time. 

Under the byelaws that cover the Trust’s land, both entry into the fenced out area, and swimming in the quarry itself are unlawful. However attempts to enforce these byelaws in the normal way have proved difficult for both the Trust and the Police to implement. The Police have attended the site on a number of occasions this year, at the Trust’s request, and successfully moved people on, but contraventions have continued despite these visits.

What are Public Spaces Protection Orders?

Public Spaces Protection Orders are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a specific area that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone. They are intended to help ensure that the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour. 

Given that these orders can restrict what people can do and how they behave in public spaces, it is important that the restrictions imposed are focused on specific behaviours and are proportionate to the detrimental effect that the behaviour is causing or can cause, and are necessary to prevent it from continuing, occurring or recurring. 

Breaching the order is a criminal offence, resulting in a fixed penalty notice of up to £100 if appropriate or prosecution. 

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