Hatfield Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) Review

There will be a review of the Public Spaces Protection Order that is currently in place in Hatfield town centre and surrounding areas. The current order expires on 31 July 2021 and we want to hear your views on whether the PSPO should remain in place, be amended or whether it should be removed.

Hatfield PSPO

A PSPO places restrictions on certain activities that are anti-social and which deter visitors and businesses to the area, including:

·        Consuming alcohol in a public place.

·        Possessing an open vessel(s) of alcohol in a public place.

Begging

·        Approaching another person in order to beg.

·        Loitering at or within 10 metres of any cash machine, unless waiting legitimately to use the machine for the purpose it is designed for.

·        Sitting on the ground in a public place, street, highway or passage in a manner that may be perceived that you are inviting people to give you money.

Public urination / defecation

·        Urinating or defecating in a public place.

The PSPO also places restrictions on rough sleeping, but our focus remains on outreach work to support anyone who is vulnerable and in need.

If you see someone sleeping rough, please report it to the council: www.welhat.gov.uk/housing/report-rough-sleeping

To have your say and to let us know what you think about the PSPO and whether it has made Hatfield Town Centre a safer and more desirable place to be, please help up by completing our consultation

Reporting breaches

Residents, businesses and visitors are encouraged to report PSPO breaches to the police non-emergency number, 101.

What are the penalties?

Fixed Penalty Notices of up to £100 can be issued for breaches and persistent offenders can be prosecuted and fined up to £1,000.

If you have any questions, please call the ASB and Communities Team​ on 01707 357706

For more information view the PSPO Frequently Asked Questions