Worthing Borough Council consults on plans to tackle antisocial behaviour

Local residents and businesses are invited to have their say about measures to crack down on antisocial behaviour in Worthing.

The consultation, which launched yesterday (1st March), sets out plans to continue an existing Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to cover the whole of Worthing to tackle alcohol-fuelled antisocial behaviour. The proposed measures would continue to make it an offence to refuse to comply with a request by an authorised officer to stop drinking or surrender alcohol and aims to curb a problem that can have a negative impact on businesses and residents.

PSPOs give the police and local authority additional powers to deal with antisocial behaviour or activities which are negatively affecting a community.

A continuation of an existing protection order is also proposed which prohibits overnight camping on Goring Greensward - one of the town’s treasured community green spaces. In recent years there has been a spate of visitors pitching their tents or sleeping overnight in vehicles on the greensward, rather than using one of several designated campsites nearby.

Reducing antisocial behaviour is one of the strategic priorities in the new Adur and Worthing Safer Communities Partnership Strategy (2021-2024), which has been developed by the Adur and Worthing Safer Communities Partnership.

Cllr Sean McDonald, Worthing’s Executive Member for Health & Wellbeing, said:

“These planned measures are part of a wider programme of work to clamp down on anti-social behaviour across the borough and make our town a safe place to live, visit and work.

“Sadly, a small number of people behave in a way that has a negative impact on our community.”

The consultation is available to view on the council’s website.

Residents and businesses have until Tuesday 12 April 2022 to give their views. The PSPOs are due to come into effect later this year.

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