Public Spaces Protection Orders - consultation

The Public Spaces Protection Orders consultation is now closed. We will update these pages when further details are available. The supporting information for the consultation is available below.

This consultation is about tackling a growing issue within Southampton. Begging and street drinking are becoming increasingly prominent, particularly around shopping centres and parks. Although there is a network of support services for those with alcohol dependency or who are homeless, the issues continue to grow.

The Council has the power to make Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs). These orders allow for further control of activities which can have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those living and working within the local area.

The orders give police officers and PCSOs (police community support officers) additional powers to tackle begging and street drinking. This includes seizing and disposing of alcohol which is being consumed within the designated PSPO areas.

This consultation is to canvas local opinion on the plans to introduce Public Spaces Protection Orders in five key locations where begging and street drinks have caused problems in the past. These locations are: the City Centre, Portswood Broadway, Shirley High Street, Woolston High Street and Bitterne Precinct. We want to know:

  • Whether you agree with the proposal as a whole
  • If there are any alterations that can be made to areas in which the PSPO’s are planned
  • What impacts the order may have on the area or local people

The PSPOs are centred on improving and protecting the local area for the people of the city and those who visit Southampton. We value your opinion in shaping the city and this is your opportunity to have your say.

This consultation closed on 11 December 2015.

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