More people are gathering, drinking and swearing in a “nuisance” area of High Wycombe now the weather is getting warmer, a councillor has said – urging police to deal with the issue.

Frogmoor in the town centre has made headlines over the past year amid criticisms from Wycombe district councillors that there is anti-social behaviour going on.

Raising the issue again with police at the High Wycombe local area forum on Wednesday, Cllr Arif Hussain complained the problem has got worse in recent weeks with the arrival of hot weather.

Inspector Pete Wall said a new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) banning anti-social behaviour on town centre streets is currently being drawn up by the district council – which will be worded in a “much more effective way” so police can enforce it better.

However, he urged more people to report the issue to 101 if they see bad behaviour or drinking in the area instead of just talking about it on social media.

In a bid to tackle the issue of drinking in public, Insp Wall said police will be meeting with licensees in coming weeks after identifying a “lack of discipline” around selling alcohol in the town - including selling alcohol to people who are already intoxicated.

He said: “We have identified a lack of discipline around selling cans of alcohol in the town centre – selling single cans or selling to people who are already intoxicated – so we need to work together to try and solve the problem.

“I know there is an issue there, I have seen it with my own eyes. But we are getting to the time of year where it is probably a seasonal increase because of the weather.

“We haven’t had high volumes of dissatisfaction from members of the public, it’s mostly on social media rather than calls to 101. And we prioritise our work through that process.

“We are not going to enforce our way out of this, it has got to be a problem-solving approach. We can put them in cells or fine them, but ultimately it won’t stop them.”