Published Monday, 6th July 2020
Residents and visitors to Redhill are being asked their views on the town centre’s Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in an online survey open from the 6th July for six weeks.
The existing order, now due for review, was issued in 2017 following a similar consultation which saw over 200 people complete Reigate & Banstead Borough Council’s survey. The Council is now running a six-week consultation in which it is asking the public to share views of the Protection Order’s impact over the past three years, as well as consider an extension and/or amendments.
Redhill’s PSPO covers the pedestrianised shopping area and extends to Redhill Memorial Park and the area around the railway pedestrian underpass. It aims to discourage anti-social behaviour in key public areas of the town and gives police officers and the Council powers to intervene early, preventing anti-social behaviour escalating into more serious criminal activity.
Executive Member for Community Safety, Councillor Rod Ashford, said: “The PSPO order is an effective deterrent to anti-social behaviour. It provides council officers and the police with the power to intervene in situations before they escalate. Anyone involved in anti-social behaviours such as street drinking, urinating, or harassing those going about their day to day business can be asked to disperse and move on or risk a fine."
The anti-social behaviour that the Redhill PSPO regulates ranges from littering and spitting to verbal abuse, urinating in public, harassment and intimidation.
Share your views
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council want to hear the views of as many people as possible in order to gauge the impact of the existing PSPO. They will also be contacting a variety of people, businesses and community organisations with a particular interest in the issue.
How to get involved?
To put forward your views, visit www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/redhillpsporeview and take a few minutes to complete the online survey. The survey will be open from 6th July 2020 until 17th August 2020.
What happens next?
People’s views will help the Council decide the future of the PSPO. Results of the consultation, and the decision by Councillors that follows, will be published on the Reigate & Banstead Borough Council website.