Fareham Borough Council is consulting until Tuesday 27 September on whether the Police and authorised officers should have extra powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in the town centre.
Fareham Town Centre is a pleasant and safe place however there has been a recent increase in reports of street drinking, drug taking, begging and acts of anti-social behaviour which is having an effect on the quality of life of those living and working there.
One way we could try to address this is by introducing a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO). This would give police officers, Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and authorised officers extra powers to tackle street drinking and begging in the town centre.
Many of the people involved in the anti-social behaviour have a complex range of problems and we work closely with a range of specialised organisations such as local substance misuse and housing support groups, to help them to try and turn their lives around. We also have to consider the impact their actions are having on local residents and businesses.
This means that a PSPO is not the option of first resort. The powers given by a PSPO will only be used, following consultation with these agencies on a case by case basis about the best approach to take.
Executive Member for Public Protection, Cllr Trevor Cartwright says, "We want to keep Fareham Town Centre a safe and enjoyable place to live, work and visit.
A PSPO is one of a number of options we are proposing to help us do this and we would like anyone with an interest to have their say."
For further information, please visit: www.fareham.gov.uk/consultations and take part in short survey before Tuesday 27 September. You can also get a paper copy at the Civic Offices or by phoning 01329 236100.
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