A consultation has started on the future of three Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in the borough.
A PSPO prohibits certain behaviours and activities such as street drinking within a clearly defined area so people can enjoy public spaces without experiencing particular nuisance or annoyance. Working with the police the council aims to tackle specific issues within these designated areas. A breach of the PSPO is a criminal offence which can be dealt with, either by way of a fixed penalty notice, or prosecution.
For the past three years there has been a PSPO in place in Croydon town centre and Thornton Heath as well as a borough-wide PSPO in relation to dog control. The council is keen to hear from residents on the proposed impact of the renewal of these three PSPOs, besides what issues you have experienced in those specific areas. We would also like to hear your views on the dog control order which relates to all parks and open spaces in the borough and includes dog fouling as well as dogs on leads.
It has been decided that, based on data available, the PSPOs previously issued for New Addington and South Norwood will not be renewed. We will continue to work with our partners to tackle issues that are affecting local residents.
“Public Space Protection Orders are an important tool to help the council and police tackle antisocial behaviour and improve public spaces for everyone.
“They help us to work with our partner agencies to deal with any particular nuisance or problem that can have a negative effect on our communities’ quality of life. So I encourage as many people as possible to get involved and let us know their views so that they can have their say on our plans”
Councillor Hamida Ali, cabinet member for safer Croydon and communities
Each PSPO is specific to the area or subject and these are included within the survey.
The consultation’s closing date is Sunday, November 8th. The survey is open to everyone and should take no longer than ten minutes. To complete it visit https://getinvolved.croydon.gov.uk/project/665