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What is a Public Spaces Protection Order?

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (opens new window) introduced simpler, more effective powers to tackle anti-social behaviour that provide better protection for victims and communities.

One of the powers introduced is a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). This allows local authorities to tackle anti-social behaviour happening in public places such as beaches, parks, streets, recreation grounds and play areas. It can be used to tackle behaviours that most reasonable people would think are not appropriate in a public place such as:

  • not clearing up dog fouling 
  • behaviour associated with drinking such as littering, public urination and intimidating behaviour 

Everyone should be able to enjoy and make use of the public spaces in the Borough responsibly, without causing a nuisance to other people.

Details of PSPOs currently in force can be viewed under Public Space Protection Orders, while details of related public consultations can be viewed on our Consultations and surveys page. 

Last modified on 12 June 2024

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