|Crawley Borough Council’s full council approved the recommendation to continue the implementation of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), which would prohibit alcohol related nuisance and anti-social behaviour in the town.
The decision was made at their meeting last Wednesday (21 October)
The council will introduce the PSPO under Section 59 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, prohibiting alcohol related nuisance and anti-social behaviour in a public place.
The current PSPO was implemented in 2017 when it transitioned from the 2006 Designated Public Places Order (Consumption of Intoxicating Liquor) to the current Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The new PSPO would replace the current PSPO when it expires in October.
The order would make it an offence for anyone to engage in any activity prohibited by the PSPO, when asked to stop. Both the police and council officers would have powers to enforce the order and issue fixed penalty notices with the option to prosecute in court, if tickets are not paid.
Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Community Engagement, Councillor Brenda Smith said: “The current PSPO has been valuable in enabling the police and our Community Wardens to apply fines when appropriate. It makes sense to continue implementing this PSPO to ensure Crawley is a safe place for our residents and visitors to enjoy.”