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Proposal to introduce a new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in Newbury Town Centre – Expires – 6/4/2020
“Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) were introduced in October 2014 as part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. PSPOs allow councils to place restrictions and requirements on certain behaviours in an area, to make sure we can all use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour. They can be used to protect the public from behaviour that is having, or is likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the area. The behaviour also has to be ongoing or happening regularly and be unreasonable.
PSPOs replaced powers to make Gating Orders, Designated Public Place Orders (street drinking restriction powers) and Dog Control Orders. In West Berkshire, there was a Designated Public Place Order covering Newbury town centre, until October 2017 when it automatically converted into a PSPO. PSPOs can last for up to three years, but can be extended, varied or discharged during this period.
Failing to comply with a PSPO is a criminal offence and could result in a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100, or a fine of up to £1,000 if prosecuted.
Due to the changing nature of anti-social behaviour, we feel it is appropriate to both review the current PSPO and assess the need to introduce a new condition to tackle a wider variety of anti-social behaviour.
When considering what could be included in a PSPO, we know that we need to balance things that people want in order to feel safer and happier in the town, whilst at the same time not being seen to be stopping people enjoying themselves, or introducing rules and regulations that can’t be enforced.
What are we proposing?
We are proposing conditions in the following areas:
- Street drinking restriction
- Anti-social behaviour restriction
You can read more about why we’re proposing these conditions in our supporting evidence [22kb].
Why do we want your views?
We would like the views of our local residents, businesses, agencies, and visitors to Newbury in relation to the proposed conditions to include in the PSPO and the proposed area to be covered [201kb].
The survey should take approximately five minutes to complete. The initial findings from the consultation will be taken to the Building Communities Together Partnership [158kb] on 21 April 2020 for a recommendation on the final decision. It is expected that the final decision will be made by 14 July 2020.
Following this meeting, a summary of the responses received and our decision will be posted on this page.”