Harlow Council report back on anti-social drinking in town centre

OVER last few weeks, a number of readers have expressed their concerns regarding anti-socla behaviour on Terminus Street in the Harlow Town Centre.

With the police now having a dedicated town team and Harlow Council having a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), we thought this would be a good time to ask Harlow Council, how things were going?

Our main question was” How many people have they asked to stop drinking alcohol in the town centre?”

A Harlow Council spokesperson said: “We only record official figures for the number of fines issued. One fine has been issued to an individual for riding a bike in the Town Centre.

“So far no fines have been issued for drinking alcohol in the town centre as all requests to stop drinking and for alcohol to be surrendered have been complied with.

The Public Space Protection Orders enforced by both the council and the Police and since the order has been in effect alcohol has been confiscated from a number of individuals.

“The most recent incident was last Wednesday when 13 people from around the town centre were asked to handed over alcohol and all 13 complied with this request.

“Changing people’s behaviour takes time, we have made a start, but there is a way to go. If residents see people drinking alcohol in a public place within the town centre they can report this to the Community Safety Team through Contact Harlow on 01279 446655 and we will take action.

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