Slough kicks off PSPO

Slough Borough Council is enacting a new legal order that will give the council and the police greater power to curb anti-social behaviour in public places across the town.

In July the council asked residents for their views on the use of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to prohibit a range of activities including street drinking, going to the toilet in public, and spitting.

Following a 28-day consultation and positive feedback from residents, council leaders, in partnership with Thames Valley Police and other partners, approved the implementation of the order, which came into force on Friday 13 October 2017.

The PSPO will allow officers from Slough Borough Council and Thames Valley Police to issue on-the-spot fines of up to £100 or take offenders to court to face a heavier sentence.

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

This will be the first time Slough has used a PSPO to cover significant areas of the borough since the tool was introduced by the government in 2014 as part of a major overhaul of anti-social behaviour laws.

The PSPO will cover nine areas of the borough. Some parts of Cippenham, where there was little evidence to justify using a PSPO, have been excluded.

Councillor Arvind Dhaliwal, cabinet member for regulation and consumer protection, said: “The residents of Slough have a right to expect their local neighbourhoods to be clean, and provide a decent standard of living for the people who live there.”

 

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