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Public space protection orders

Council premises

We want all of our public facing services to be safe and welcoming places for service users, visitors, and staff.

The Council operates a zero-tolerance policy in relation to any violent, aggressive, or threatening behaviour towards

  • our staff
  • anyone in our buildings or on our premises, which also includes
    • other service users
    • young people

All our council properties including libraries, children’s centres, council offices, recycling and leisure centres are subject to a Public Space Protection Order.

This order requires that in our buildings or premises you must not:

  • cause damage to property
  • behave in an intimidating, disorderly, or indecent manner
  • use offensive, intimidating, or abusive language
  • intentionally or recklessly cause or do anything likely to cause injury to anyone
  • fail to leave the property or premises when requested to do so by a member of staff.
  • fail to follow site or staff instructions
  • display or distribute any flyers, placards, or notices without permission
  • intentionally view offensive and inappropriate material
  • sell, seek donations/signatures, or canvass without permission
  • smoke (including e-cigarettes)
  • bring dogs (unless they are assistance dogs)
  • bring wheeled vehicles or conveyance other than those used for people with limited mobility

Anyone who fails to comply, without reasonable excuse, is in breach unless specific exemptions apply within the order.

This order strengthens any existing control measures such as banning and barring measures.