Anti-social behaviour crackdown proposed for Hemel town centre

Sign warning against anti-social behaviour

We are looking for feedback on our proposal to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for an area of Hemel Hempstead incorporating the town centre, Old Town and the Water Gardens area.

If agreed, the proposals will work towards addressing activities that may have a detrimental impact on the lives of people who work, live or visit the town centre.

We’re putting forward proposals for a PSPO to cover a variety of anti-social behaviour issues including begging, street drinking and cycling in prohibited areas.

Cllr Janice Marshall, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Sustainability and Regulatory Services, said: “We don’t want to stop people enjoying themselves but we do want to tackle the minority who spoil it for everybody else. 

"We want to make sure that local people are heard and urge residents to complete this survey. They’ll also have the opportunity to suggest any other persistent anti-social behaviour issues that could also be tackled through a PSPO in this area.”

PSPOs were introduced in October 2014 by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and are designed to allow councils to deal with a particular nuisance or problem behaviour in a particular area (a public space) that is damaging to the local community’s quality of life.

Failure to comply with a PSPO could result in a fixed penalty notice fine of up to £100 or prosecution.

This survey, together with Frequently Asked Questions and a map, can be found on our consultation page. The survey runs until midnight on Friday 13 October.

Paper copies of this survey and supporting documents are also available in person from the reception desk at The Forum, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead from 8.45am to 5.15pm (Monday to Thursday) and 8.45am to 4.45pm (Friday).