PSPO public consultation launched

Public spaces protection order Desborough Road

A public consultation on proposals to implement two new Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) in High Wycombe begins on Friday.

PSPOs are new powers introduced by the government which give authorities the opportunity to restrict specific anti-social behaviour that has a detrimental effect on business, residents and visitors in a designated area.

The first of the proposed PSPOs would replace the existing Designated Public Place Order to give the authorities the power to tackle alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in Wycombe town centre, Desborough Road and The Rye.

The second order is proposed to restrict all prostitution-related activities for an as yet undefined area around the Desborough Road shopping district.

Cllr Julia Adey, Wycombe District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community, said: “The council has listened to residents and businesses in bringing forward these proposals, with the new PSPOs giving authorities more flexibility to take action against people deemed to be committing anti-social behaviour in town.

“We wish to ensure High Wycombe is a pleasant, vibrant and enjoyable place to live, work and visit, and so I would urge people to help us shape these proposed orders to ensure we can tackle anti-social behaviour.”

The three month public consultation begins on Friday 5 August. As part of the consultation, the council will be consulting with partners and key stakeholders.

Residents will be able to inform the council if they support the proposed PSPOs and, if so, which roads and spaces should be included in the designated area.

See: Consultation: Wycombe district public spaces protection order for more information and to take part in the online survey.

Hard copies will also available from the council’s offices in Queen Victoria Road in High Wycombe.