May 21, 2024

New Public Space Protection Order granted for Rhyl town centre.

Rhyl town centre is set to introduce a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) which will give North Wales Police an additional tool to help them deal with individuals and groups of people consuming alcohol and/or causing anti-social behaviour in Rhyl town centre.

This will be the third PSPO that has been live in the area since 2016 and will come into force on the 4th of April 2024 for a period of 3 years.

Since 2016 Denbighshire County Council has worked hard with North Wales Police and other partners and will continue to do so, to ensure there is a range of measures in place alongside the PSPO to support people and discourage them from committing anti-social behaviour.

Whilst these measures have been successful in reducing anti-social behaviour since the first PSPO was introduced, Rhyl Town Centre has higher level of anti-social behaviour than other areas of Rhyl.

Following a consultation to gather public feedback on whether a PSPO should be implemented and if this should include anti-social behaviour and street drinking.  There was overwhelming support for the introduction of the PSPO, the conditions of the PSPO and the boundaries for the restricted area.  As a result, it has now been decided that a new PSPO will be granted.

The PSPO will give the police additional powers to deal with issues in respect of anti-social behaviour and street drinking for three years, up until 2027.

The following places will be covered by the new PSPO:

  • Rhyl Promenade from East Parade to Alexandra Road
  • South from East Parade down Bath Street
  • From Brighton Road to the junction with Grange Road Bridge and west to Elwy Street
  • Elwy Street to the junction with Wellington Road
  • Wellington Road to John Street
  • John Street to West Parade, including the promenade

Cllr Rhys Thomas, Lead Member for Housing and Communities, said:

“I am pleased to see that North Wales Police are being granted additional powers to help them combat street drinking and anti-social behaviour in Rhyl town centre. Anti-social behaviour is an important issue that needs to be addressed in the area and although in decline, the implementation of this new PSPO is a key step towards helping the police further reduce the problem.

“I would like to thank all those who took part in our public consultation, and for your overwhelming support for the introduction of this PSPO and what it should cover in order to ensure that it is fit for purpose and suits the needs of the area.”

District Inspector, Kevin Smith, said:

“I thank the collective partnership in all the work that has been put in, as a response to the feedback from the community.

“The previous Public Spaces Protection Orders have been used to great effect in providing additional security to the town of Rhyl to tackle Anti-social behaviour.

“We encourage the reporting of cases of anti-social behaviour by using our online webchat or calling 101.  Additional reporting can shape the patrol plans for the local policing team, it builds a rich picture of information on local problems and influences how we focus our resources on effective solutions.”

Learn more about the Rhyl town centre PSPO on the Denbighshire County Council website: www.denbighshire.gov.uk/public-spaces-protection-orders