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New powers to deal with anti-social behaviour in Horsham District

On 1 April, a new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) was put in place across the Horsham District. The Order will last for three years, ending on 31 March 2021.

Public Spaces Protection Orders are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem, in a particular area, that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life. PSPOs impose conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone. They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.

The new PSPO for Horsham District aims to address a number of key issues, raised by members of the Community Safety Partnership, that are having a detrimental effect on the quality of life for residents and visitors.

As a result of the Order, there are now four prohibitions in force across the Horsham District. These include: Clean up dog fouling; Keep dogs under control; No anti-social use of vehicles; No nuisance behaviour relating to alcohol.

In Horsham Town Centre, an additional prohibition is: No unauthorised access, or nuisance behaviour, on buildings or street furniture.

A further prohibition is in place, specifically related to racing of horse-drawn vehicles on dual carriageways in the District.

The Police, Neighbourhood Wardens, and a number of Horsham District Council officers, have the authority to issue Fixed Penalty Notices for PSPOs.

Commenting on the introduction of the PSPOs, Cabinet Member for Community and Wellbeing, Cllr Tricia Youtan, said: “We live in a wonderful district, and the PSPOs will help us ensure that everyone’s enjoyment is not spoilt by a minority.

“We do understand the frustration, and upset, that can be caused by nuisance and anti-social behaviour, and believe that the PSPOs are a useful addition to the work we already do to keep our public areas clean and safe.”

It is an offence for a person to engage in any activity prohibited by PSPOs. Any person found guilty is liable to a Fixed Penalty Notice up to £100. If it is not paid, they may be taken to court and fined (not exceeding level 3) up to £1000.

The sealed Public Spaces Protection Order can be downloaded from the Horsham District Council website. Visit  www.horsham.gov.uk and search for PSPO.

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