New powers to take on antisocial behavior
DRINKING, DRUGS AND BEGGING TARGETED
Public Spaces Protection Orders ( PSPOs) for Aldershot and Farnborough were launched by Rushmoor Borough Council, Safer North Hampshire and Hampshire Constabulary.
The orders, drawn up by Rushmoor following a public consultation earlier this year, give police and council officers greater powers to issue spot fines for behaviour that has or could have a detrimental effect on the community.
Signage has now been installed in areas around Aldershot and Farnborough town centres, defining the restrictions and penalties under the new orders.
The PSPOs outlaw drinking alcohol, using psychoactive substances, urinating and defecating in public places.
They also ban loitering, which has a dual definition of causing nuisance including with the intent to beg and causing harassment, alarm and distress.
The orders will remain in place for three years, although that period can be extended if problems with antisocial behaviour persist.
Further details of the orders, including maps of areas covered by the PSPOs, are available on the council’s website at www. rushmoor. gov. uk/ PSPO.
Councillor Ken Muschamp, cabinet member for safety and regulation, said: “The PSPOs have strengthened our ability to deal with the current issues we are experiencing in our town centres.
“They give the council and the police the chance to respond more flexibly to the worst kinds of antisocial behaviour.
“The time for excuses is over. These problems can no longer be tolerated.”
Chief Inspector Debbie Brooks, Rushmoor and Hart district commander for Hampshire Constabulary, welcomed the new powers.
“The introduction of PSPOs gives us and our partners another tool for tackling antisocial behaviour in Aldershot and Farnborough town centres,” she said.
“We know that people who engage in antisocial behaviour are often hard to reach with complex needs. We have worked hard to address these issues.
“But where people continue to engage in antisocial behaviour, we will take action. These new powers will help us with our goal to make our town centres safer.”