Proposal to tackle antisocial behaviour in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 13:04 29 January 2018 | UPDATED: 13:04 29 January 2018

Hatfield town centre. Picture: Danny Loo

Hatfield town centre. Picture: Danny Loo

Danny Loo Photography 2017

A recommendation to implement a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in Hatfield is set to be considered at Cabinet in February.

The PSPO would be introduced in parts of Hatfield, including the town centre, to prevent antisocial behaviour and give police additional powers to prosecute those responsible.

A consultation with residents, businesses and other organisations gathered views on how to tackle issues such as begging, street drinking and associated antisocial behaviour.

Of those who responded, 78 per cent of residents believed the PSPO would help with street drinking, 70 per cent with public urination and defecation and 67 per cent with begging.

Councillor Roger Trigg, Executive Member for Community Safety, said: “We want our shared spaces to be enjoyed by everyone, and we have listened to the views of our residents, businesses and other organisations who are strongly in favour of the PSPO being introduced.

“Our outreach and support work will remain our focus on tackling anti-social behaviour issues, and a PSPO will be used as a last resort in cases where more serious action is required.”

The proposal will be considered at Cabinet on Tuesday, February 6. If agreed by Cabinet, the proposal will be considered by full council for final approval on Wednesday, February 21.

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