Following public consultation, Surrey Heath Borough Council has implemented a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), which will allow additional powers to address anti-social activities in the Borough’s parks and public spaces.
The PSPO came into force on 14 October 2017, and will help address a range of low level anti-social behaviour which is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of local people.
As a result of changes in national legislation, the Council held a consultation on proposals for new Public Spaces Protection Orders in late 2016, and again earlier this year.
The consultation looked at actions and behaviours such as begging in Camberley, the taking of psychoactive substances (formerly legal highs) and their impact upon health and behaviour, anti-social behaviour that can be caused through public drinking, and measures to encourage responsible dog ownership which include exclusions from children’s play areas and clearing up dog waste.
Councillor Vivienne Chapman, Portfolio Holder for Community said: “Surrey Heath is already a safe and environmentally friendly Borough, and we want to make it even safer.
“The introduction of Public Space Protection Orders is about improving the quality of life for people who live, work and visit Surrey Heath.
“It enables the Council and Police to discourage anti-social behaviour, and where necessary take appropriate action against people who continue to behave in an anti-social way.”
For more information on the PSPO, including maps of where it applies, visit www.surreyheath.gov.uk/pspo