Crime, antisocial behaviour and nuisance Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO)

Public Space Protections Orders (PSPO)

What is a PSPO?

When there are problems or nuisance in an area affecting the quality of life of people in the local community, we may put rules in place to deal with it. These rules or ‘orders’ are designed to make sure we can all use and enjoy public spaces, safe from antisocial behaviour.

An ‘order’ places restrictions and can place requirements on certain behaviour in an area. The order can last up to three years. The Council can - after further consultation - extend it for another three-year period.

It will be a criminal offence not to stick to the order, and you can either get a fixed penalty notice of £100 or be prosecuted, which could lead to a fine of up to £1,000.

Why a PSPO is put in place

A PSPO can be introduced if the relevant behaviour is having, or is likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of people in the area. The behaviour has to be ongoing or happening regularly, be unreasonable, and its impact must be such that the restrictions and requirements should be put in place. 

Following this consultation the Council will carefully consider the results before making the final decision. People would be made aware of the final decision and if an order is put in place there would be signs put up in appropriate places in the relevant areas.  

Challenging a PSPO

Anyone who lives in, regularly works in or visits the area can appeal a PSPO in the High Court within six weeks of it being made.

Current PSPOs

View the PSPOs that are currently in place.


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