Consultation: PSPO extensions in High Wycombe

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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.

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.

This consultation will help decide whether the PSPOs should be extended.

Useful documents and information

Maps showing the locations of the current PSPOs can be viewed on our public spaces protection orders (PSPOs) page.

How to respond

This consultation closed on 20 December 2019.

Next steps

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

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