New Public Spaces Protection Order launched for Welwyn Garden City town centre

WGC town centre

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council (WHBC) has launched a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for Welwyn Garden City town centre following a consultation with local residents and businesses.

The PSPO came into effect on 1 April.

A PSPO helps to protect public spaces and the community, giving the police and Council officers additional powers to issue fixed penalty notices and prosecute those responsible for anti-social behaviour (ASB).

The PSPO places restrictions on certain activities, including:

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Begging
  • Public urination/defecation
  • Rough sleeping

WHBC’s Community Safety Partnership (CSP) team, Anti-social Behaviour team, and Street Wardens, along with Hertfordshire Police, will be present in Welwyn Garden City town centre on Wednesday 10 April from 2pm. They will also have a stall outside the Howard Centre where residents and local businesses can engage directly with the teams. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the PSPO, ask any questions, and understand the measures being taken. The launch of the PSPO is part of a broader initiative to ensure that the town centre remains a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.

If residents or local businesses witness any anti-social behaviour or restricted activities such those listed above, they should report any breaches of the PSPO using  the police non-emergency number 101. If you are concerned about somebody who could be homeless, report this to StreetLink at

For more information on the PSPO and the area that it covers please visit

Published: 8th April 2024