Croydon town centre Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) consultation August 2017



Why are we doing this?

We are asking your views on the use of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in Croydon town centre.

A PSPO allows the council and the police to introduce new measures to reduce street drinking and antisocial behaviour which we believe will help to improve this public space for the wider community.

The PSPO will replace the existing Town Centre Controlled Drinking Zone (also known as Designated Public Place Orders) which puts restrictions on street drinking.  

The consultation responses received from residents and those who visit, work or study in the town centre, will be analysed and used as part of the council’s decision making process at the Cabinet meeting to be held on 20 November 2017.

What is a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)?
PSPOs were created by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, (section 59) to replace existing legislation and to introduce wider discretionary powers to deal with any particular nuisance or problem that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life.

The legislation is intended to ensure that the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.

The law requires the order must be in writing, and it must be published. Reasonable signage must also be put up in the area.

A breach of the PSPO is a criminal offence, which can be dealt with, either by way of a fixed penalty notice (FPN) of £80 or prosecution. If prosecuted, an individual could be liable to a fine no higher than £1,000. Only those aged over 18 or over can be issued with a FPN.

How is a PSPO put in place?

The test for issuing the order, is when the local authority believes that ongoing anti-social behaviour harms the local community’s quality of life, will be ongoing, or happens regularly, and that the impact is such, that restrictions should be put in place. Any future changes to the order will require further consultation.

Crime and anti-social behaviour statistics

We analysed crime and anti-social behaviour data for the financial year 2016/17, and identified over 3,220 confirmed crimes within the proposed PSPO area.

39% of the violent offences occurred in North End and the High Street, and 33% of all criminal damage offences recorded within the proposed PSPO area, also occurred in these two locations.

597 calls to the police regarding anti-social behaviour were recorded during this period, of which 370 (62%), were classified as rowdy or inconsiderate behaviour.  31% of the calls to the police for this type of rowdy or inconsiderate behaviour were also linked to North End and the High Street.

We also know that street drinking has a negative effect on the general public and that this type of behaviour is under recorded.

 

What do we want to know?

What people have told us

The findings from the consultation exercise about the development of the 2017-2020 Community Safety Strategy, which ran from 19 September to 20 November 2016 received a total of 567 respondents. You can download a summary of all the questions and responses at the bottom of this page.

57% of respondents identified anti-social behaviour as their first choice, when asked to choose what issues they thought the Safer Croydon Partnership ought to prioritise over the next three years.

When asked, to what extent do you agree or disagree anti-social behaviour is a problem in the Town Centre?

  • 25% strongly agreed/think ASB is a problem in the town centre
  • 42% agreed/think that ASB is a problem in the town centre

The findings from the PSPO engagement exercise which ran from 22 July to 19 Aug 2016 received a total of 510 respondents. You can download a summary of all the questions and responses at the bottom of this page.

42% cited anti-social behaviour as an issue that had impacted on their enjoyment of the town centre.

Drug dealing/drug use, street drinking and anti-social behaviour were identified as the top 3 behaviours respondents supported the use of a PSPO to tackle.

The top 4 issues people also wanted to include in the PSPO were:-

  • Spitting in the streets (33)
  • Religious preaching on the streets (20)
  • Begging (16) and
  • Traffic / vehicle nuisance (19).

However, there is already sufficient legislation to tackle spitting, begging and traffic nuisance and religious preaching on the streets is not a criminal offence.

What are we proposing?

Based on the findings from the crime and anti-social behaviour data analysis and previous consultation and engagement exercises, we are proposing to include the following two activities in the town centre PSPO:

a) Being in possession of a container of, or consuming alcohol, within the       restricted public space. This does not include licensed premises.

b) People or groups of people behaving in a manner which is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, in the restricted area. 

The full draft order is available to download at the bottom of this page.

Map of the proposed area

Ways to get involved

We would like to invite anyone who lives, works or visits the town centre to give their views on the use of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in the town centre.

You can complete the survey via the link below. Please note the survey closes at 11.59pm Sunday 15 October 2017.

If you need the survey in another format or would like to speak to someone, please contact us on 020 8726 6000 and ask for the Safer Croydon Partnership Team.

What we found out
What difference has it made?
Location/ Coverage:  London Borough of Croydon
Start30 August 2017
End15 October 2017
Report availableDue 20 November 2017
Reference year2017
Methods Consultation Document, Questionnaire - Online
Who can take part? All - everyone invited to take part
Topic Area Community and life events, Environment

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Croydon town centre Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) consultation