Public Spaces Protection Order Walton-on-Thames

A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) came into force in Walton-on-Thames Town Centre on 1 March 2021.

Repeated reports of anti-social behaviour in Walton-on-Thames Town Centre led to the Council's belief that this is detrimental to the quality of life of the local community. 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 considered to be detrimental to a community’s quality of life.

The PSPO enables Elmbridge Borough Council to impose restrictions in a particular area with the aim of stopping individuals, or groups, committing anti-social behaviour in public spaces and this will remain in place for three years from the commencement date.

Prohibited behaviours:

The list below outlines the prohibited behaviours that are addressed as part of the PSPO.

The activities described below are hereby prohibited: 

  1. Persons shall not within Restricted Areas:
  • Continue to drink alcohol when asked to stop by an Authorised Person: or
  • Fail to surrender any alcohol in their possession when asked to do so by an Authorised Person
  1. Persons shall not within Restricted Areas:
  • Continue to ingest, inhale, inject, smoke or otherwise use Psychoactive Substances when asked by an Authorised Person to stop; or
  • Fail to surrender any Psychoactive Substance in their possession when asked to do so by an Authorised Person.
  1. Persons shall not within Restricted Areas:
  • Cycle, skateboard, scooter or hover-board in a dangerous or anti-social manner which is causing or is likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress
  • Fail to surrender the above mode of transport when asked to do so by an Authorised Person
  1. Persons shall not within Restricted Areas:
  • Fail to comply with a request by any Authorised Person to leave an area as behaviour is likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress

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For more information about the Walton-on-Thames PSPO, please email communitysafety@elmbridge.gov.uk.

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