Guide Public Spaces Protection Orders

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1. Public spaces protection orders (PSPOs)

The council has introduced some Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) which are made under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.

  • PSPOs are tools that councils can use to deal with particular nuisances or problems affecting a specified area that is or may be detrimental to the local community
  • They can be used for a wide range of problems for which there is evidence of impact, and the specified area can be as small as a play park or footpath, or as large as the district as a whole
  • The council must be satisfied on reasonable grounds that the activities have had or are likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of local people
  • The effect is persistent or continuing and likely to be unreasonable and justifies the restrictions imposed

Council officers and members of the public will provide information about situations which have caused concern to the environmental health team to follow up.  The team will take a proportionate response to the complaint taking into account all relevant information; there will be a strong emphasis on advice and education. Where a fixed penalty notice is appropriate the fine will be £80

Electronic or hardcopy versions of the PSPO's can be accessed through the pages following but copies of the original signed legal documents can be viewed by the below links;