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Public spaces protection

Woking Town Centre Public Spaces Protect Order extension consultation

Following the success in reducing anti-social behaviour in Woking Town Centre, we are consulting on extending our PSPO until June 2022.

Residents, local businesses and visitors to Woking Town Centre are invited to comment on the existing scheme by emailing community.safety@woking.gov.uk or by writing to Community Safety, Woking Borough Council, Civic Offices, Gloucester Square, Woking GU21 6YL.

All comments and feedback should be received no later than Thursday 6 June 2019.

Public Spaces Protection Orders

Public spaces protection orders (PSPOs) can be used to try and stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a particular area.

They may be enforced by police officers, police community support officers, council officers or any other person authorised by us, the council.

Woking town centre PSPO

There is a PSPO that covers our town centre. It prohibits anyone within the designated area from:

  • injecting, ingesting, inhaling, smoking or otherwise using intoxicating substances (the restrictions around alcohol do not apply within licensed premises).
  • being verbally abusive to any person or behaving in a way that causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to another person.
  • from approaching another person, either in person or verbally, with the intention of begging from the other person.
  • sitting or loitering in a public space with any receptacle used to contain monies for the purpose of begging.

View a copy of the Woking town centre PSPO

View the Woking town centre PSPO map

Fixed penalty notice fines and offences

Anyone found to be breaking the PSPO could be issued with a fixed penalty notice (FPN) and fined £100. The fine is reduced if paid within 14 days. If unpaid for 29 days, further action will be taken.

If convicted, someone could face a fine of up to £500 for consuming alcohol and up to £1,000 for consuming other substances.

Contact

For more information about the Woking Town Centre PSPO, contact our anti-social behaviour officer.

Email: community.safety@woking.gov.uk