Crime, antisocial behaviour and nuisance City Centre Public Space Protection Order

Manchester City Council (City Centre) Public Spaces Protection Order 2023 

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

Manchester City Council in the exercise of its powers under section 59 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 hereby makes the following Order.

This Order is made on the 14th of July 2023 and shall have effect for a period of 3 years thereafter, unless discharged or extended under the Council’s statutory powers.

General provisions

The Council is satisfied on reasonable grounds that the activities in the Restricted Areas and identified in Articles 1 to 7 and Articles 9 to 11 of this Order:

  • have had a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality, or it is likely that those activities will be carried on in the Restricted Areas and that they will have such an effect; and
  • that the effect, or likely effect, of those activities:
    • is, or is likely to be, of a persistent or continuing nature;
    • is, or is likely to be, such as to make those activities unreasonable; and
    • justifies the restrictions and prohibitions imposed by this Order

The Council is satisfied that the prohibitions and restrictions imposed by this Order are reasonable to impose in order to prevent the detrimental effect of the activities from continuing, occurring or recurring, or to reduce that detrimental effect or to reduce the risk of its continuance, occurrence or recurrence.

The Council has had particular regard to the rights and freedoms set out in Article 10 (right of freedom of expression) and Article 11 (right of freedom of assembly) of the European Convention on Human Rights and has concluded that any restrictions on such rights and freedoms imposed by this Order are lawful, necessary and proportionate.

This Order applies to all public places within the Restricted Areas.

This Order is available for inspection on the Council’s website and also at the Customer Services Centre, Ground Floor, Town Hall Extension, Mount Street, Manchester.


  • “Alcohol” has the same meaning as in section 191 of the Licensing Act 2003

  • “Authorised Person” means a person authorised in writing by the Council

  • “Constable” includes Police Community Support Officer

    “The Council” means Manchester City Council

  • “Public place” means any place to which the public or any section of the public has access, on payment or otherwise, as of right or by virtue of express or implied permission

  • “Restricted Area” means:

    • in respect of Articles 1 to 8 the whole of the area delineated in red in Schedule 1 to this Order; and

    • in respect of Articles 9 to 11 the whole of the area delineated in red in Schedule 2 to this Order

    • “Street cleansing activity” includes any such activities carried on by or on behalf of the Council

See scheduled area 1 restrictions and requirements

See scheduled area 2 restrictions and requirements

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