Public Spaces Protection Order in Hatfield set to be extended

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council's Cabinet is set to approve on Tuesday (13 July) that the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) covering parts of Hatfield and the town centre continues for the next three years.

Hatfield PSPO

An overwhelming 98 per cent of residents and businesses who responded to the council's consultation, which ran through the spring, wanted to see it continued.

The aim of the consultation was to understand any concerns residents may have about the town centre environment - including the impact of street drinking, begging and rough sleeping - and whether a PSPO is the solution to address these concerns.

A PSPO can give greater powers to the council and the police, should the preferred approach of outreach and support work not be enough to tackle the issues around anti-social behaviour that can prevent others feeling safe.

The council is also looking in more detail at other suggestions from the consultation feedback, including the possibility of extending the geographical area of the PSPO.

Councillor Bernard Sarson, Executive Member for Leisure and Community Safety said:

We've had a great response to the consultation. I'd like to thank residents and businesses for taking the time to give their feedback and ideas.

This is just one element of the work we do alongside community partners to both minimise anti-social behaviour and, just as crucially, take preventative measures to help individuals get specialist support where needed. Nevertheless, it's clear that the PSPO has given the community reassurance and we'll be ensuring it continues up until 2023.