New measures are being used to tackle anti-social behavior in Bognor’s Station Square
The meeting involved representatives from the town and district council, as well as Sussex Police and aimed to develop a targeted multi-agency approach to rowdy behavior outside the station.
The results of the meeting have since been released by the Bognor Regis Business Improvement District (BID) and make it clear that anti-social behavior in the area, which involves drinking, drugs and rowdy, is complicated by the fact that the land is privately owned by National Rail. This means railway regulations – which do not allow an outright ban on alcohol consumption.
This is further complicated by the fact that it is not illegal to drink in public spaces, which means that no agency has the power to impose a complete alcohol ban on Station Road.
Fortunately, BID documents revealed that Station Square falls under a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO). This gives police and community guards the power to confiscate alcohol from people who are also guilty of antisocial behavior. At the same time, the police have additional powers to disperse those involved in anti-social behavior where alcohol is a factor.
As a result, the Arun Neighborhood Police Team organized twice-daily patrols of hotspots in the area, including Station Square.
These plans are accompanied by an expansion of the BID’s community daycare service, which has been underway since 2018. Since then, the BID has secured funding to expand this service to seven days a week, with a “special focus” on reducing antisocial behavior. in key locations. The new permanent manager started at the end of September and reports directly to Sussex Police. The documents claim that the director’s job “means that everyone who needs to be aware of what’s going on in space is kept up to date at multiple times throughout the day.”
This is in addition to a range of other measures designed to lessen the impact of drinking, rowdy and littering in the area, including litter bins, reduced vegetation in planters to increase visibility and plans to introduce PSPO panels to the region.
To report anti-social behavior anywhere in the city centre, call Sussex Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.