Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) were brought in under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which came into force on 20 October 2014, giving local authorities and the police more effective powers to deal with anti-social behaviour.
PSPOs can be used to regulate activities in particular public places that can have a detrimental effect on the local community, including street drinking, going to the toilet in public, and spitting.
The PSPOs 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 a PSPO could carry a fine of up to £1,000.
The council can make a PSPO if it believes the activities are detrimental to the local community’s life and that the negative impact is so much to make the restrictions reasonable.
PSPOs combine and expand on the powers of previous anti-social behaviour orders, such as Designated Public Place Orders (more commonly known as ‘no drinking’ zones) and gating orders.
PSPOs cover nine areas of the borough, all of which are clearly signposted, including details of the offences, and the penalties that can be incurred. Some parts of Cippenham, where there was little evidence to justify using a PSPO, have been excluded.
Below is a full list of streets subject to a PSPO, as well as a map and a copy of the order.
Gating Orders restrict public access to help deal with crime and/or anti-social behaviour. The council had powers under the Highways Act 1980 to make a Gating Order to restrict the use by the public of a 'relevant highway' and authorise the placing of gates.
The council had to be satisfied that the 'relevant highway'contributes to high levels of crime and anti-social behaviour,as prescribed under section 129A of the Highways Act 1980 and The Highway Act 1980 (Gating Order)(England) Regulations 2006.
On 20 October 2014, section 129A of the Highways Act 1980 and The Highway Act 1980 (Gating Order)(England) Regulations 2006 were repealed by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and Gating Orders were replaced with Public Spaces Protection Orders.
The council has carefully considered the representations / objections received during the consultation period and has decided not to go ahead with the Gating Order.
The council takes reports of anti-social behaviour very seriously and will continue to monitor any reports that are received. If reports of anti-social behaviour increase then the situation may be reviewed. For more information please contact Esther Deacon, community project officer on 01753 477355.