South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) has implemented a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in Henley which will replace the Designated Public Place Order (DPPO). The DPPO has been in place since 2011 and has given the police the power to stop those likely of causing anti-social behaviour from consuming alcohol in public areas and has proved really effective particularly during Henley Royal Regatta. It is a requirement under the Anti-Soical Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 that all DPPOs are replaced with PSPOs.
A public consultation was completed at the end of the last year along with consultation with Thames Valley Police officers and other stakeholders.
The PSPO will mean that police are given discretionary powers to request people stop drinking alcohol and confiscate it if they refuse. The police would enforce the order and officers could issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) of £100 to people who breach this condition. The proposal is that the order applies to people aged 18 years and above.
New PSPO signage will be installed by SODC in the town.