Consultation: New PSPOs in High Wycombe

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Summary

From 8 November to 20 December we ran a six-week consultation on the extension of the current Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) in High Wycombe town centre and the Desborough Road area.

To comply with legislation it is now necessary to create two new PSPOs under the same provisions as the previous two PSPOs. We have also carried out a short consultation of 14 days in February 2020, to ensure that there has not been any change in circumstances since the previous consultation ended on 20 December 2019.

Background detail

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 we 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.

From 8 November to 20 December 2019 we consulted with the public on whether these PSPOs should be extended. In order to comply with legislation, we are now required to create two new PSPOs under the same provisions as the previous two PSPOs.

Useful documents and information

The draft PSPOs, along with maps showing the proposed locations of the new PSPOs, can be viewed on our public spaces protection orders (PSPOs) page.

How to respond

This consultation is now closed.

Data protection

Please note that copies of comments received will also be made available for the public to view. Comments therefore cannot be treated as confidential. Personal details will be redacted prior to publishing. Data will be processed and held in accordance with our privacy policy.

Contact details

If you have any questions, please email sarah.mcbrearty@wycombe.gov.uk

Next steps

We will review the comments received and act accordingly with the PSPOs being designated before the end of March 2020.