Published: Thursday, 30 January 2020

Oxford City Council’s public consultation on the acceptable and unacceptable behaviours in Oxford city centre has received 1,570 responses.

The consultation, which took place between 8 November and 12 January, asked people which behaviours they are most concerned about within the city centre, whether or not they avoid parts of the city centre during the day or night due to anti-social behaviours, and how they would prefer to report anti-social behaviour in the future.

The consultation responses will help determine which anti-social behaviours the City Council will aim to tackle in the city centre going forward. The detailed consultation responses will be released in the coming weeks.

The City Council’s approach to tackling anti-social behaviour continues to be to use the lowest level of intervention possible. The City Council always attempts to tackle anti-social behaviour through talking to people first; only if this fails and the behaviour does not change do officers consider the use of enforcement powers.

Previously, the unacceptable behaviours within the city centre were defined by the City Centre Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO). The City Council decided not to renew the City Centre PSPO last year.

The public consultation was the first stage in a wider piece of work that will see the City Council – in consultation with local residents, businesses and visitors – create a vision for the whole city centre, including transport; retail, tourism and office sectors; and the public realm, street furniture and public toilets.

The document will aim to bring together existing strands of work – including the Zero Emission Zone and Connecting Oxford proposals, Covered Market masterplan, and Oxford 2050 – to create an overall vision for Oxford city centre.

“We would like to thank everyone who took the time to take part in this important public consultation. We will consider all the feedback over the coming weeks, and use it to determine which behaviours we should tackle in Oxford city centre.”

Councillor Mary Clarkson, Cabinet Member for Culture and City Centre

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