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Public Space Protection Order Consultation

Consultation for a Public Space Protection Order covering Hazel Close, Elmbank Avenue, Ilex Close, Blays Lane and Swallowfield runs from Tuesday 15 August 2017 to Tuesday 12 September 2017.

Introduction and background

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 introduced a range of new powers designed to address anti-social behaviour such as Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs).

PSPOs can be used to regulate activities in particular public places that can have a detrimental effect on the local community. They can help by giving local councils and local police additional powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in specific locations.

We are consulting on the introduction of a PSPO to prohibit the below activities:

  • playing ball games in a public space within the Restricted Area that is causing or likely to cause nuisance, alarm, harassment or distress to any other person
  • playing excessively loud music from any vehicle within the Restricted Area that is causing or likely to cause nuisance, alarm, harassment or distress to any other person
  • to ingest, inhale, inject, smoke, possess or otherwise use psychoactive substances¹ (formally known as 'legal highs') in a public space within the Restricted Area.

In addition, an Authorised Person may request that a group within the Restricted Area disperse where he reasonably suspects any person in that group to be causing or likely to cause nuisance, alarm, harassment or distress to any other person.

The PSPO will give officers from Runnymede Borough Council, Surrey Police and designated agencies the right to issue fixed penalty notices of up to £100 or take offenders to court to face a heftier sentence.

A conviction for breaching the PSPO could carry a fine of up to £1,000.

We ask for your views on whether you agree with the proposal, if you want any alterations to the proposed PSPO and what impact the order may have on you, the local area or local people.

Consultation information

Please take a few minutes to complete our online survey.

Contact

Any representation or objection to this Order must be in writing, sent to Shazia Sarwar at Shazia.Sarwar@runnymede.gov.uk before Tuesday 12 September 2017.

Please state the grounds on which your representation or objection is made.

Next steps

When the consultation has ended, we will consider the feedback to the proposal for a PSPO and any comments and evidence provided.

 

¹psychoactive substance, any substance which is capable of producing a psychoactive effect in a person if by stimulating or depressing the person's central nervous system it affects the person's mental functioning or emotional state and is not included in the list of exempted substances.

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