Consultation on the closing of a Town Centre crime hotspot

The views of residents, community organisations and businesses are being sought following a proposal to temporarily close a Northampton Town Centre walkway which has become a hotspot for anti-social behaviour and crime.

Emporium Way is located off Northampton Market square and provides shortcuts to Sheep Street and the nearby Mayor hold and Newlands carparks.

However, in recent months the walkway has attracted illicit activities including loitering, urination, muggings, fighting and drug dealing.

To tackle these behaviours, West Northamptonshire Council (or WNC) is proposing to make a Public Spaces Protection Order to close the public highway temporarily, using its powers under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

This order is subject to consultation which opens on the 23rd of August 2023 and will last for a 6-week period. Anyone who wishes to share their thoughts can do so using the Councils Consultation Hub at:

Public Spaces Protection Order consultation for Emporium Way Northampton – West Northamptonshire Council – Citizen Space