Consultation opens on Protection Order in place to tackle ASB in Hatfield

Residents and businesses are invited to have their say on whether to retain the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) currently in place in parts of Hatfield, including the town centre.

Hatfield PSPO

A PSPO helps to protect shared spaces and the community from anti-social behaviour, giving the police additional powers to issue fines and prosecute those responsible.

The PSPO cannot be applied for longer than three years without review and the current order in Hatfield was introduced in summer 2018.

The aim of the consultation is to understand any concerns residents may have about the town centre environment - including the impact of street drinking, begging and rough sleeping - and whether or not a PSPO is the right solution to address these concerns.

Although the emphasis is on outreach and support work to tackle these issues, a PSPO could provide a useful tool in some cases where more serious action is necessary.

Councillor Bernard Sarson, Executive Member for Regeneration, Economic Development and Partnerships, said:

It's important that everyone can safely enjoy our shared spaces so we're keen to hear of any concerns people may have and their thoughts on how the current PSPO has worked.

The PSPO is just one part of the work that goes on across the borough and in partnership with other local organisations to reduce anti-social behaviour and help residents access the relevant support services for their needs.

Residents and businesses can find out more and complete the consultation survey online at https://one.welhat.gov.uk/PSPO

Alternatively, consultation documents are available by calling the ASB and Communities team on 01707 357706.

The consultation is open from Wednesday 10 Februaryto Thursday 18 March.