Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs)

PSPOs are designed to ensure that the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces without experiencing anti-social behaviour

What is a PSPO?

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) deal with a particular nuisance that affects the local community’s quality of life, by imposing conditions on the use of an area which apply to everyone. For example, restricting drinking in public places.

Restrictions on drinking and dog control: transfer to PSPO from 20th October 2017

The Designated Public Protection Order (DPPO) which restricts drinking in public places (introduced in July 2014 under the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001) automatically transfers into a Public Spaces Protection Order under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 from 20th October.

Dog Control Orders under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 transfer in the same way.

Under PSPO, previous conditions remain the same

The conditions of the previous DPPO have not changed. It’s still an offence anywhere in the Borough to refuse to surrender alcohol to the police or authorised person if there is, or is likely to be, associated anti-social behaviour.

The previous Dog Control Orders continue to ensure those who refuse to pick up faeces after their dogs or keep their dogs on leads, if so directed, are fined or prosecuted.

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