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Consultation on renewal of PSPOs aimed at curbing prostitution and antisocial behaviour in High Wycombe

| November 15, 2019

A PSPO enforcement notice in Desborough Road, High Wycombe. (Archive picture)

A public consultation has been launched on the renewal of the current Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) in High Wycombe town centre and the Desborough Road area.

The consultation, which was launched on Friday 8th November 2019, will run until Friday 20th December 2019. The results of the consultation will be reviewed by Wycombe District Council with a final decision on whether to extend the PSPOs made by the end of February 2020.

In 2017 two PSPOs were introduced by Wycombe District Council aimed at tackling prostitution in the Desborough Road area and anti-social behaviour in High Wycombe town centre. However the PSPOs can only last a maximum of three years and will cease to exist after February 2020 unless they are extended. The public consultation is part of the process that will help the Council decide if the PSPOs should be extended.

The consultation asks for feedback on the following two PSPOs which are currently in force in High Wycombe :

  • A PSPO relating to High Wycombe town centre and the surrounding area which prohibits at all times ‘consuming alcohol, or having an open container for alcohol‘.
  • A PSPO relating to the Desborough Road area which states ‘that person(s) shall not engage, loiter or solicit with a view to engaging in obtaining sexual services‘.

Anyone wishing to give their views in the consultation can do so on the Wycombe District Council website at https://www.wycombe.gov.uk/pages/About-the-council/Have-your-say/Consultations/Consultation-PSPO-extensions.aspx.

Further information on the introduction of the PSPOs can be found at the following link published on this website on Thursday 16th March 2017 : ‘New PSPOs to tackle prostitution in Desborough Road and anti-social behaviour in Wycombe town centre‘.

*Source of article : Wycombe District Council.

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