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Renewal and amendments to the Public Space Protection Order in the Horsham District

The current Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) came into effect in 2018 to help to address anti-social behaviour issues and to improve public spaces. Each PSPO runs for a period of three years and the current one ends on 31 March 2021. Horsham District Council would like to renew the PSPO for a further three years. In addition, the council would like to add further prohibitions. All are detailed below and we are seeking the views of residents on each item.

Please complete this questionnaire by 31 January 2021.

Boundary information

District-wide measures

Measures 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 apply in any place to which the public has access within the whole of Horsham District. View a map of Horsham District

Horsham Town Centre measures

Measures 2, 8, 9 and 10 apply in any place to which the public has access within Horsham Town Centre. The Horsham Town Centre boundary is outlined in red and shown on the map below.

Measure 11 applies within the boundary outlined in blue to the south of Horsham Town Centre on the map below.

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Interactive Google Map

This interactive Google Map is not compatible with screen readers. The borders of the Horsham Town Centre areas are Hurst Road, the railway line from Horsham Station to the corner of Denne Road and the River Arun. The border continues along the Riverside Walk and cuts up to the Bishopric, including Tanfield Court. The border includes the Bishopric and Albion Way, and continues up North Parade to the corner of Hurst Road. The Measure 11 boundary area is public space on The Causeway, St Mary’s Church and the Garden of Remembrance and Mill Bay.

In what capacity are you responding to this survey? Please choose all that apply.

Existing measures in the current PSPO that we would like to renew for a further three years.

Measure 1: Nuisance behaviour related to the consumption of alcohol in a public place (district wide)

Do you support the use of a Public Space Protection Order to control people drinking alcohol in public spaces?

It will not be an offence to drink alcohol in a public space, but if this results in anti-social behaviour, it will be an offence to fail to comply with a request by an authorised officer to cease drinking or surrender alcohol.

Measure 2: Unauthorised access and nuisance behaviour (Horsham Town Centre only)

This relates to people who run, jump or perform gymnastic manoeuvres on buildings and walls.

Do you support the use of a Public Space Protection Order to deter people from engaging in unauthorised access and nuisance behaviour in Horsham Town Centre?

Measure 3: Anti-social use of vehicles (district wide)

This includes the anti-social use of motor vehicles where individuals meet up in car parks and other public places, play loud music, race, perform stunts, obstruct pavements and roads and cause harassment, alarm and distress to residents and other road users.

Do you support the use of a Public Space Protection Order to deter this activity?

Measure 4: Anti-social use of horse drawn vehicles (district wide)

This includes racing, conducting time trials or exercising a horse and horse-drawn vehicle on any dual carriageway.

Do you support the use of a Public Space Protection Order to deter people from anti-social use of a horse drawn vehicle within Horsham district?

Measure 5: Dog fouling (district wide)

Do you support the use of a Public Space Protection Order to encourage dog owners to remove their dog’s faeces from the land?

Measure 6: Control of dogs (district wide)

Do you support the use of a Public Space Protection Order to ensure that the owner or person in charge of a dog keeps it under control at all times and places it on a lead if asked to so by an authorised officer when in a public place?

New prohibitions we would like to add

Measure 7: No intoxication or possession of psychoactive substances (district wide)

We would like to prohibit anyone drinking, inhaling, injecting or otherwise being in possession of any intoxicating substances or drugs paraphernalia, including nitrous oxide canisters, when in a public place. This includes substances with the capacity to stimulate or depress the central nervous system. Where an authorised officer believes someone breached this prohibition, the person must surrender anything that the officer believes to be intoxicating.

Do you support the use of a Public Space Protection Order to prohibit anyone drinking, inhaling, injecting or otherwise being in possession of any intoxicating substances or drugs paraphernalia including nitrous oxide canisters when in a public place?

Measure 8: No unlicensed busking (Horsham town only)

Licensed buskers (free licences available from HDC) are required to adhere to certain conditions and must keep their busking licence on them. Occasionally unlicensed buskers perform in the town centre and have not complied with busking conditions and have been obstructive in attempts to identify them or move them on. We would therefore like to prohibit unlicensed busking.

Do you support the use of a Public Space Protection Order to prohibit unlicensed busking in Horsham town centre?

Measure 9: No selling of periodicals which include a prize draw competition dependent on skill (Horsham town only)

We have received complaints from the public about companies who purport to being charitable in status when in fact they are for profit, employing aggressive sales tactics and misleading information. Despite challenge these companies continue to operate considering that they do not require a traders licence as they are running a prize competition based on skill. The tickets are categorised as ‘periodicals’ as the competition is drawn once a year. It is proposed to implement a prohibition to deal with this problem and to tackle the aggressive selling techniques, whilst not affecting legitimate selling such as the Big Issue.

Do you support the use of a Public Space Protection Order to prohibit the selling of periodicals which include a prize draw competition based on skill in Horsham town centre?

Measure 10: No anti-social behaviour or nuisance behaviour in car parks and stairwells (Horsham town only)

There have been numerous instances of anti-social behaviour in the car parks in Horsham town centre. Complaints have focused on gatherings in stairwells, alcohol or drugs consumption, damage and vehicles causing noise and distress. It is proposed to prohibit these behaviours in order to deal with them as a ‘breach of a PSPO’.

Do you support the use of a Public Space Protection Order to prohibit anti-social behaviour or nuisance behaviour in car parks and stairwells in Horsham town centre?

Measure 11: No drinking of alcohol in The Causeway and Gardens of Remembrance (Horsham town only)

The Council and Police have received numerous complaints concerning individuals gathering on benches in the Causeway and the Gardens of Remembrance in Horsham town. Those gathering often do so to drink alcohol together and then to on to engage in anti-social behaviour such as public urination, using threatening and abusive language, and being drunk and disorderly. The behaviour from such individuals generally improves upon the arrival of Police or Council staff making it difficult to effectively respond to the issue. It is therefore proposed that the drinking of alcohol within the restricted areas of The Causeway and Gardens of Remembrance is prohibited.

Do you support the use of a Public Space Protection Order to prohibit the drinking of alcohol in The Causeway and Gardens of Remembrance in Horsham town centre?