West End Road, High Wycombe Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) consultation 2022

Closes 11 Jul 2022

Opened 13 Jun 2022

Overview

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We want to hear your views on our proposal to extend an existing Public Spaces Protection Order in West End Road, High Wycombe.

We have a key role to play in helping make local places safe to live, visit and work in. Tackling anti-social behaviour continues to be a high priority for us and our partners.

Public Spaces Protection Orders are aimed at ensuring public spaces can be enjoyed free from anti-social behaviour. They provide us with legal powers to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a defined area.

It is key that we address and reduce these issues from occurring, by consulting with members of the public and other key stakeholders.

We want to hear from residents and organisations in the West End Road area of High Wycombe as well as those who visit the area.

Information about Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs):

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Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a specific area that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life. This is achieved by imposing conditions on the use of that area, which apply to everyone.

Councils can use PSPOs to prohibit specified activities, and / or require certain things to be done by people engaged in particular activities, within a defined public area.

A single PSPO can be used to target a range of different anti-social behaviour issues. A PSPO can last for up to three years, after which it must be reviewed.

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PSPOs can be used to restrict a broad range of activities.

Under section 59 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, local authorities must be satisfied on reasonable grounds that the activity subject to an Order:

  • has a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality (or it is likely that activities will take place and have such an effect)
  • is (or is likely to be) persistent or continuing in nature
  • is (or is likely to be) unreasonable;
  • justifies the restrictions being imposed.

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Authorised officers from Buckinghamshire Council and the Police will be able to enforce the restrictions and requirements of a PSPO. This can include issuing Fixed Penalty Notices.

The Fixed Penalty Notice for a breach of a PSPO is £60 if paid within 10 days, and £100 if paid within 14 days.

West End Road, High Wycombe Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)

The West End Road PSPO was introduced on 18 October 2017 to address criminal activity and anti-social behaviour around the footpath running between West End Street and Desborough Avenue.

The location of the footpath and area of the PSPO is shown in the Map of West End Road PSPO document (PDF 0.79MB).

The PSPO addresses the following types of criminal activity and anti-social behaviour:

  • damage to fences and walls (to adjoining / nearby buildings),
  • littering,
  • people loitering drinking alcohol, and
  • noise and nuisance from people passing through the area via the footpath.

The PSPO restricts access to the public right of way (known as footpath HWU/80/1). The order authorised the installation of gates which enforce the restriction. It is an offence for a person, without reasonable excuse, to engage in activity that is prohibited by this Order.

There are exceptions to the restrictions. These are outlined in Schedule 2 of the PSPO document. For full details and conditions of the Order, please see the West End Road PSPO document (PDF 0.55MB).

The PSPO was extended for a further two years from 16 October 2020.

What we are proposing / consulting on

We are proposing to extend the West End Road Public Spaces Protection Order for a further three years.

An extension is being proposed to prevent:

  • Occurrence or re-occurrence of the criminal activity and / or anti-social behaviour identified in the Order, or
  • An increase in the frequency or seriousness of the criminal activity and / or anti-social behaviour identified in the Order

If not extended, the West End Road PSPO will expire on 15 October 2022.

We want to hear your views on how the PSPO is addressing criminal activity and / or anti-social behaviour in the area and whether you think the PSPO should be extended.

Related documents

Before you respond to this consultation, please have a look at the following documents:

How to have your say

You can tell us your views in one of the following ways:

If you have any questions about this activity, please email us anti-social-behaviour@buckinghamshire.gov.uk or phone us on 0300 131 6000.

Please tell us your views by midnight on Monday 11 July 2022.

What happens next

We will review and consider the consultation responses.

The decision whether to extend the West End Road Public Spaces Protection Order will be made before the end of October 2022.

Privacy

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If you have questions about data and privacy, please email us on dataprotection@buckinghamshire.gov.uk. Or write to our Data Protection Officer at Buckinghamshire Council, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF.

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  • Crime & community safety