Richmond council is proposing an exclusion zone around the abortion clinic on Rossyln Road that will prevent people from praying/holding vigils or handing out information leaflets within the borders of the zone. The current proposal is to include not only Rossyln Road but also the three surrounding streets and through to St. Margaret's Station. The council has proposed this as a “proportionate” response, in light of the behaviours reported ranging from "displaying images, approaching people and attempting to speak to them, handing out leaflets, and rosary beads”. Aside from the proposed boundaries being entirely beyond reason, none of the reported behaviours are illegal and some, for whom a termination was the choice of last resort have been given practical assistance in their situation. The proposed response also infringes on the right to free speech, a right long upheld by the party currently running the council.
Please have your say by visiting this site https://haveyoursay.citizenspace.com/community-safety/rosslyn-road. You can also search for the consultation on the Richmond upon Thames council website under consultations, it is titled: Public Spaces Protection Order for the Rosslyn Road area