Public Spaces Protection Orders
We can issue a public spaces protection order (PSPO) to deal with a particular nuisance or problem within the borough.
We may do this when behaviour in an area is:
- Harming the quality of life of those in the community
A PSPO sets restrictions on how an area is used. These restrictions apply to everyone and make sure that the law-abiding majority can enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.
Authorised police and council officers have the authority to issue fixed penalty notices for PSPOs. It is an offence for a person to engage in any activity prohibited by PSPOs. Any person found guilty is liable to a Fixed Penalty Notice up to £100. If it is not paid, they may be taken to court and fined up to £1000.
It is an offence for a person to engage in any car cruising activity prohibited by the PSPO.
The PSPO prohibits the consumption of alcohol where it contributes to or is linked to or is associated with nuisance or annoyance to members of the public, or where it contributes to or is linked to or is associated with disorder.
Police and authorised council officers can require a person not to consume alcohol in breach of the order. Officers can require a person to surrender anything in their possession which is, or which the officer reasonably believes to be alcohol or a container for alcohol. An officer can dispose of anything surrendered to them.
Any person who fails without reasonable excuse to comply with a request by an officer to either stop drinking or to surrender their drink may be guilty of a criminal offence. Police and authorised officers can issue a £100 fixed penalty notice to any person they have reason to believe has committed this offence. If this is not paid within 14 days, the person can be prosecuted.
A person who commits the offence of failing without reasonable excuse to comply with a requirement imposed on them may be prosecuted (unless they have paid a fixed penalty notice issued to them within 14 days), and upon conviction can be fined up to £500.
It is an offence to fail to stop drinking or surrender alcohol when required to do so by a Police or authorised council officer.