Public Spaces Protection Order

As part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, a PSPO allows local authorities to deal with nuisances or problems in a defined area that are detrimental to a local communitys quality of life.

The Order enables Woking Borough Council to impose restrictions in a particular area with the aim of stopping individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in public spaces.

Prevention

The Woking Town Centre PSPO prohibits:

  • Person(s) within the identified PSPO area will not: inject, ingest, inhale, smoke or otherwise use intoxicating substances.
  • Person(s) within this area will not be verbally abusive to any person or behave in a way that causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to another person.
  • Person(s) within this area will not approach another person either in person or verbally in order to beg from the other person.
  • Person(s) within this area will not sit or loiter in a public space with any receptacle used to contain monies for the purpose of begging.

In simple terms, the Order will allow the Police and Woking Borough Council the ability to tackle the on-street use of legal highs, illegal substances, alcohol and begging within the designated area.

Restrictions around alcohol do not apply within licenced premises.

Fixed Penalty Notice and offences

Any person(s) found to be in breach of the Order could be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) and fined 100. The fine will be reduced if paid within 14 days.

If unpaid for 29 days, further action will be taken and, on summary conviction, could face a fine of up to:

  • Consuming of alcohol: up to 500 (Level 2).
  • Consuming other substances: up to 1,000 (Level 3).

PSPOs may be enforced by Police Officers, Police Community Support Officers, Council Officers or any other person authorised by Woking Borough Council.

The PSPO will be in place for a period of three years from the commencement date.

Contact

For more information about the Woking Town Centre PSPO, please email community.safety@woking.gov.uk

Resources

View Woking Borough Councils Public Spaces Protection Order

View map showing area covered by PSPO.