Ban on drinking and begging in Hatfield comes into force tomorrow
PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:24 30 July 2018
A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is set to be in place in Hatfield from tomorrow (Monday).
The PSPO was sealed by mayor, councillor Barbara Fitzsimon on Thursday, July 26, and is scheduled to be in place for Monday, July 30.
It is intended to tackle antisocial behaviour in Hatfield town centre and other areas of the town, including French Horn Lane and Cavendish Way.
It gives police the power to issue on the spot fines of £75 to people contravening the order.
Police will also be able to prosecute those responsible.
The PSPO bans people from having open cans or bottles of booze in the street.
It will also be used to tackle begging, loitering around cash points, rough sleeping, urinating and defecating in public in Hatfield.
A spokesman for Welwyn Hatfield Council has stressed that it would be used as a last resort when it comes to dealing with rough sleepers.
The council would look to help individuals through outreach work before resorting to the PSPO.
Hatfield town centre used to be an ‘alcohol control zone’, which meant police could only take action if those drinking on the streets were causing harassment, alarm or distress.
The new PSPO will mean police can issue a fine to people drinking alcohol, regardless of whether or not they are causing alarm to others.
On Monday, the council will be speaking to the public and shopkeepers to make people aware of the new PSPO.
They will also be leafletting.