About public space protection orders

Sometimes referred to as PSPOs, these orders are designed to prevent individuals or groups of people behaving in a way that has (or is likely to have) a detrimental effect on other people’s quality of life in a locality, including persistent anti-social behaviour.

Our orders

We have created our orders following consultation with the police, police and crime commissioner and other organisations or groups with an interest in our public spaces.

We have set out a number of requirements and/or restrictions for our public spaces which target certain behaviours such as dog fouling, littering and anti-social drinking.

Our orders will be reviewed every three years to ensure that they continue to be fit for purpose.

Failure to comply

During November we will be giving verbal warnings in most situations, but after that offenders will be reported leading to a fine being issued or, in some cases, prosecution.

We can issue a £75 fine to anyone who we believe has breached a PSPO. The fine will reduce to £50 if paid within 10 days. All fines must be paid within 14 days.

Payment of the fine will remove any liability to conviction for the offence.

If the fine is not paid, we can prosecute you which can lead to a maximum fine of £1,000.

Links with other legislation

All of our dog control orders have now been replaced with PSPOs.

All our designated public protection orders, which deal with alcohol consumption in public places have now been replaced with a much broader set of requirements within our area wide PSPO.

Related documents

public space protection orders

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