Council tackles anti-social behaviour in public places

Published: 05 July 2017

Slough Borough Council is asking residents for their views on a new legal order that will give the council and the police greater power to curb anti-social behaviour in public places across the town.

The council wants to use a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to prohibit a range of activities including street drinking, going to the toilet in public and spitting.

The PSPO will give officers from Slough Borough Council and Thames Valley Police the right to issue on-the-spot fines of up to £100 or take rule-breakers to court to face a heftier sentence.

A conviction for breaching the PSPO could carry a fine of up to £1,000.

The council ran an initial consultation on the plans in January and following feedback from residents, the order was simplified and clauses relating to dog fouling and dogs on leads were removed as they are subject to the council’s Dog Control Order.

The council is running a 28-day consultation, starting Friday 7 July, on the new plans before leaders make a final decision in September 2017. Residents who want to participate are encouraged to:

The closing date for feedback is Friday 4 August.

If given the go ahead, it will be the first time Slough has used a PSPO to cover significant areas of the borough since the tool was introduced by the government in 2014 as part of a major overhaul of anti-social behaviour laws.

PSPOs combine and expand on the powers of previous anti-social behaviour orders, such as Designated Public Place Orders (more commonly known as ‘no drinking’ zones) and gating orders.

The PSPO will cover nine areas across the borough. Some parts of Cippenham, where there was little evidence to justify using a PSPO, will be excluded. To see the full list of streets and a map, please visit http://www.slough.gov.uk/parking-travel-and-roads/public-spaces-protection-orders-pspos.aspx

Councillor Arvind Dhaliwal, cabinet member for regulation and consumer protection, said: “Our priority is to clean up neighbourhoods and improve living standards for everyone.

“We’ve studied four years worth of data from the council and emergency services and identified the areas where we feel a PSPO will make a real difference.

“It will join a toolkit of simpler and more wide ranging tools we’re already using or are considering using to tackle the lower level behaviour that has a detrimental effect on the quality of life for those in the local community.”

Detective Chief Inspector Nikki Pierce, of Slough local police area’s senior management team, said: “Anti-social behaviour is a serious problem and we are pleased to work closely with Slough Borough Council and the community safety team on this issue, helping to keep public spaces safe and enjoyable to use.

“This order will give greater powers to our own officers as well as the council officers who are often best placed to deal with lower-level behaviour. It’s a tool we can use together to clamp down on behaviour that can cause misery, either to an individual or the wider community.”