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Reducing anti-social behaviour and crime in Guildford Town Centre

Residents, visitors and those who work in the town will be able to enjoy Guildford more safely following an extension to our Guildford Town Centre Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO).

The extended PSPO prohibits people drinking alcohol in specific public areas in the town centre and allows the Council and Surrey Police to target anti-social associated with alcohol consumption. Anyone consuming alcohol in these areas can be fined up to £500. The PSPO has been extended from October 2020 to 2023.

Cllr Julia McShane, Lead Councillor for Community says:

"For the last three years, the PSPO has made a significant impact on the quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors to the town centre, by reducing anti-social behaviour (ASB) caused by people drinking alcohol. We have a key role to play in helping make local areas safe, and tackling anti-social behaviour continues to be a high priority. It is important that our residents and visitors to the town centre feel safe to enjoy our beautiful town"

The decision to extend the PSPO was supported by the Safer Guildford Partnership (SGP). The SGP brings together key agencies to share information, which is used to plan a joined up response to the prevention of crime, disorder, anti-social behaviour and reoffending, at a borough level.

Cllr McShane adds: "Guildford is one of the safest places to live, work and visit in the country. However, we know that residents have concerns about community safety issues, such as crime and ASB. Our work with the Safer Guildford Partnership is vital to helping us work with together, to respond to the issues affecting our communities."

 Inspector James Wyatt, Guildford Borough Commander says:

"In my role as Borough Commander I am responsible for policing across the borough, and work with partner agencies to make Guildford a safe place to live, visit and work. While the majority of those who visit the town centre do so without any issue, there is a connection between alcohol consumption, crime and anti-social behaviour. On review of the previous PSPO it was clear that it provided not only a reactive option to deal with alcohol-related disorder, but also allowed officers to prevent that escalating into disorder and crime. While our wider work with partner agencies continues to address specific issues identified, I am supportive of this PSPO and believe it to be appropriate and necessary."

Published on Friday 13 November.