Residents and businesses have an opportunity to respond to a consultation regarding a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in Walton Town Centre.
From the beginning of 2017, Surrey Police has received numerous reports regarding anti-social behaviour in Walton-on-Thames Town Centre. It has been reported that there is evidence of substance misuse, underage drinking, and sexual activity where these groups have been gathering, which has led to assaults, criminal damage and racially motivated crime and robbery for example.
As a result, Elmbridge Borough Council is considering a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for a specified area of Walton-on-Thames as this behaviour is having or is likely to have a detrimental effect on those living in that area.
Part of the process for implementing a PSPO requires public consultation on the proposed restrictions and requirements. The responses from this consultation, along with other evidence, will be considered by Cabinet and Council in the New Year.
The consultation on the PSPO will be open between 2 November and 3 December 2017. For those who live, work and visit Walton-on-Thames, you can respond using the online survey (now closed). Please note, the consultation is subject to a period of extension should it be felt that further evidence is required.
Councillor Mary Marshall, Portfolio Holder for Community and Corporate Development says; “Consultation on a PSPO is key and we are encouraging open discussion as part of the consultation process to identify how best to balance the interests of different groups – both those affected by anti-social behaviour and those who will be restricted by the terms of the Order – it is a chance to explore whether there may be unintended consequences from the proposals. We will be consulting with residents, local businesses and landowners as part of the consultation process.
Surrey Police Temporary Inspector Greg Turner says; “For some time now we have been receiving reports of unreasonable and persistent anti-social behaviour in Walton which is having or likely to have a detrimental effect on those living in the town. We would encourage people to consult on the PSPO which is designed to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a public place by restricting certain types of behaviour.”
Hard copies will be posted out to residents in the proposed PSPO area.
Please keep an eye on our website and social media for drop-in events where you can ask questions about the proposed PSPO.