Aylesbury town centre currently benefits from a Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) which enables the police to deal with the public consumption of alcohol. The Anti Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 has introduced wider discretionary powers to deal with any particular nuisance or problem that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life. They seek to ensure that the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.
Based on concerns historically and currently expressed by a number of sources it is proposed that a PSPO be introduced for Aylesbury town centre as defined by the map attached. This essentially covers the existing DPPO area as well as the public realm on the south side of Exchange Street and land adjacent to Friarage Road. The PSPO seeks to address 6 behaviours that have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the town centre and are considered persistent and continuing.
Public consumption of alcohol or having an open container of alcohol.
Public urination and defecation.
Aggressive or intimidating begging
Aggressive or intimidating behaviour.
Control of dogs.
The unauthorised parking of motor vehicles on Kingsbury and Market Square.
How will the PSPO work?
The PSPO is a power available to the police and council officers that gives them a formal mechanism to challenge the identified behaviours, knowing that they have a legal remedy to draw upon if necessary. The police routinely challenge anti-social behaviour and attempt to illicit a positive change without the need to resort to formal action. With the PSPO, if the behaviour continues officers have the option to use the powers set out in the Act. These are a Fixed Penalty Notice (Maximum £100) or prosecution in the Magistrate’s Court. If the prosecution is successful the court is responsible for deciding the action taken which could include a fine (Maximum £1000) or the granting of a Criminal Behaviour Order.
What are your views?
In introducing a PSPO the District Council are required to consult with the police, community representatives and owners and occupiers of land affected. In this respect your views are important. The actual text of the proposed order can be seen as an attachment below. In the event that you are unable to access the document through the website then a copy can be sent to you if you contact 01296 585605. The proposed order, although in an advanced state of preparation is nonetheless still at a formative stage and the ultimate order will be shaped by the nature and content of the responses
The deadline for comment is the 31 March 2016 and you will see below a link to a survey that will collate responses. Name and address details will be required as part of the consultation process, however no personal information will be disclosed or made public.
To make your views, please fill in the survey