The Anti-Social Behaviour, Police and Crime Act 2014 introduced new powers on the 20 October 2014 for dealing with local neighbourhood issues. Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) were introduced as one of the tools and are designed to improve public safety in a defined area.
PSPOs have replaced powers to make Gating Orders, Designated Public Place Orders and Dog Control Orders. The current orders automatically converted into PSPOs in October 2017.
However, in the context of the changing nature of anti-social behaviour in the public realm of Reading, it is appropriate to both review the necessity of the current provisions and assess the need to introduce new PSPOs to tackle a wider variety of anti-social behaviour in Reading.
The decision has been taken to consult on proposals to discharge the current orders and replace with a new PSPO, with conditions included to tackle additional issues including Begging, Drug taking in a public place, Public Urination and Defecation, Motorbike Nuisance, etc.
The consultation was opened on the 1 December 2017 close on the 22 January 2018. The consultation survey is available online at https://consult.reading.gov.uk.