In October 2014 new legislation was introduced across England and Wales called the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. This allows local authorities to apply for Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs).
PSPOs are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in an area that negatively affects the local community's quality of life by imposing restrictions on certain behaviours.
A single PSPO can cover multiple restrictions, such as drinking alcohol on the street, begging and antisocial parking.
Areas where we can introduce PSPOs
We can introduce a PSPO on any public space within our authority.
The definition of public space is wide and includes any place where the public or any section of the public has access to, whether this is by payment, by right or by express or implied permission.
PSPOs apply to everyone when they're in an area with a PSPO in place.
Penalties for breaching a PSPO
PSPOs can be enforced by police officers, police community safety officers or any officer designated by us.
If you breach a PSPO, you can receive the following penalties:
- A £100 fine on the spot, known as a Fixed Penalty Notice
- A fine of up to £1,000 if the charge goes to court
After a proposed PSPO has been published for one month with no major objections, it will then be a made PSPO.
There are no current proposed PSPOs.
Why we create PSPOs
PSPOs are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority of residents can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from antisocial behaviour.