New powers to curb anti-social behaviour in Slough borough

The whole of Slough borough could soon be subject to a new legal order giving the council and police greater powers to curb anti-social behaviour in public places.

A borough wide Public Space Protection Order, PSPO, would prohibit a range of anti-social activities including street drinking, going to the toilet in public and spitting.

It would give council and Thames Valley Police officers the right to issue on-the-spot fines of up to £100 or take rule-breakers to court where fines of up to £1,000 could be handed out for repeated or serious breaches.

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An order has currently been in place in nine areas of the borough since the beginning of 2018 to combat anti-social behaviour.

A 28-day consultation has been live since last Friday to get the public’s view on the proposal to expand it across the whole borough.

The proposed order will prohibit drinking alcohol when told to stop by a police officer or police community support officer; not surrendering any alcohol or intoxicating substances when told; urinating or defecating in a public place and spitting.

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Once the consultation period is over the Slough Borough will look at feedback and take it into consideration for the final proposal of the order.

Approval will then be sought from cabinet in January 2021.

The council has been working closely with Thames Valley Police who will be the main authority to enforce the order.

Ian Blake, resilience and enforcement team manager, said: “The order has made it easier to target anti-social behaviour in the locations where it is currently in place.

“However, expanding it to cover the whole borough to make it simpler and easier to enforce and for people to understand.

“It will be part of a toolkit to tackle lower level behaviour.”

Views can be submitted by filling in and commenting through an online survey at https://s.surveyplanet.com/-NKdMKy5F, emailing comments to to ReportASB@slough.gov.uk or

writing to “Borough wide PSPO consultation”, Housing People Services, Observatory House, Windsor Road, Slough, SL1 2EL.

The consultation ends on January 3.

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