Making our town centre safer with our new Public Space Protection Order
The Executive agreed to make changes to the Guildford town centre Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) last night.
The PSPO is part of a broader and coordinated approach to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) and improve everybody's experience in Guildford.
The updated PSPO will be published on our website and new signage will be displayed in the areas affected. Changes have been made to both locations and behaviours affected by the order. The town centre boundary will be extended to include the whole of Stoke Park, several adjacent roads and The Mount.
The following behaviours can be enforced against if they are causing or likely to cause anti-social behaviour:
- Alcohol - Drinking alcohol or possessing alcohol in public when you have been asked not to by a PCSO, Police Officer or Guildford Borough Council Compliance Officer.
- Legal highs - Possessing, taking, selling or supplying legal highs in a public place
- Rowdy and inconsiderate behaviour - Persistently behaving or encouraging others to behave in an anti-social way, which is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to others.
Deputy Leader of the Council and Lead Councillor for Community and Housing, Cllr Julia McShane, said: "We want our residents, visitors and communities to feel and be safe, so we have agreed important changes to the town centre PSPO.
"Guildford should be able to be enjoyed by everyone and tackling anti-social behaviour is a high priority for the Safer Guildford Partnership".
Last year we reviewed the existing town centre PSPO to find out whether there was a need to make changes. We spoke with residents and the public to gather a wide range of information. Last month we also asked residents, visitors and businesses what they thought of the proposed updates to the PSPO.
The Safer Guildford Partnership (SGP) supports these new plans. The SGP brings together key agencies, including Surrey Police, to share information and plan a co-ordinated response to prevent crime and anti-social behaviour.
We also have a whole borough PSPO, which makes it an offence for a person to allow a dog to foul and not clean it up. On 30 November 2021, this PSPO was extended for three years.