A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) prohibits specific behaviors and activities within a defined area so that people can enjoy public spaces without experiencing particular nuisance or annoyance.
Breaching a PSPO can result in a fine and could also lead to legal prosecution.
The Croydon Town Centre PSPO has 2 restrictions that focus on street drinking and anti-social behaviour:-
a. Consuming alcohol in the restricted area other than in licensed premises
b. People or groups of people behaving in a manner which is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, in the restricted area.
The Town Centre PSPO is about to expire; Councils are required to consider the potential impact of any proposed PSPOs and to undertake consultation before any order can be made.
So if your enjoyment of the town centre has been affected by people drinking alcohol and/or behaving in ways that cause harassment, harm or distress - such as taking drugs or threatening others, please click on the link below and complete the survey, which also invites comments on the Thornton Heath PSPO and the borough wide dog control order.
If implemented the PSPOs would be reintroduced for three years and regularly reviewed.
To have your say complete the survey (link below) by Sunday 8 November 2020.
If you need the questionnaire in any other format email: PSPO@croydon.gov.uk
PSPOs were created by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, to replace some existing legislation and introduce wider discretionary powers to deal with any particular nuisance or problem that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life.
The legislation is intended to ensure that the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from antisocial behaviour. The orders can be enforced by fixed-penalty notices or prosecution by police or council officers. The law requires the order must be in writing and it must be published. Reasonable signage will be put up in this area.
Breach of the PSPO is a criminal offence, which can be dealt with either by way of a fixed-penalty notice of £80, or prosecution (over 18s only).