Comments welcome on extension of Public Spaces Protection Orders

Broken bottle in street - PSPOs

A consultation is currently being carried out on the extension of the current Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) in High Wycombe town centre and the Desborough Road area.

Anyone who is interested can have their say in the consultation that started on Friday (8 November) and runs until Friday 20 December.

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 introduced a range of new powers designed to address anti-social behaviour. Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular area that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone. They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.

In 2017 Wycombe District Council introduced two PSPOs:

  1. for High Wycombe town centre and the surrounding area which prohibits at all times ‘consuming alcohol, or having an open container for alcohol’
  2. for Desborough Road area which states ‘that person(s) shall not engage, loiter or solicit with a view to engaging in obtaining sexual services’.

These particular PSPOs can only last a maximum of three years, and these PSPOs will cease to exist after February 2020. This consultation will help decide whether the PSPOs should be extended.

Visit the consultation page for further details and to have your say.

WDC will review the comments received and make a final decision on the PSPO extensions by the end of February 2020.