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Residents, shoppers and visitors are being asked their views on the introduction of a town centre public space protection order (PSPO)

Croydon Council has launched a six-week consultation asking respondents if their enjoyment of the town centre has been affected by people drinking alcohol and/or behaving in ways that cause harassment, harm or distress - such as taking drugs or threatening others.

The PSPO will help the Council work in partnership with the police to tackle street drinking and antisocial behaviour in the area.

Councillor Hamida Ali, cabinet member for communities, safety and justice, said: “Community safety affects everyone and we want to work together to help stop the ongoing antisocial behaviour that impacts on anyone’s enjoyment of the town centre, and harms the local community’s quality of life, so please tell us your views “

Responses to the survey - which can be found at www.croydon.gov.uk/getinvolved - will be used to inform the council’s final decision.

The PSPO will replace the existing controlled drinking zones.

PSPOs were created by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, to replace some existing legislation and introduce wider discretionary powers to deal with any particular nuisance or problem that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life.

The legislation is intended to ensure that the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from antisocial behaviour. The orders can be enforced by fixed-penalty notices or prosecution by police or council officers. The law requires the order must be in writing and it must be published. Reasonable signage will be put up in this area.

Breach of the PSPO is a criminal offence, which can be dealt with either by way of a fixed-penalty notice of £80, or prosecution (over 18s only).

If you can’t access the online survey and want to have your say, call 020 8726 6000 and ask for the Safer Croydon Partnership. 

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