Public Space Protection Orders
The council understands well how antisocial behaviour can blight the lives of people in their local communities.
So ensuring our neighbourhoods are safes places to live, visit and work by tackling antisocial behaviour remains a top priority for the council.
That's why the council, where it's appropriate and proportionate, and it has the support of local people to do so, has used and will use the powers given it under the public spaces protection provisions of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to help tackle antisocial behaviour in our neighbourhoods.
The 2014 Act gives councils the authority to draft and implement public spaces protection orders (PSPOs) in response to the particular issues affecting local communities, providing certain criteria and legal tests are met.
The council can use PSPOs to prohibit specified activities or to require users of a defined public area to do certain things. Such restrictions and requirements can be placed on behaviour that applies to everyone in the locality affected by the PSPO (though the council may exempt some categories of people, where this is appropriate). Breach of a PSPO without a reasonable excuse is an offence, for which a fixed penalty notice of not more than £100 may be issued.
In introducing PSPOs the council has to assess the impact of the antisocial behaviour activities it seeks to tackle, and has to satisfy itself that the activities that have taken place:
- have had, or are likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality; or it is likely those activities will take place and that they will have a detrimental effect;
- the effect or likely effect of these activities is, or is likely to persistent or continuing in nature and is, or is likely to be, unreasonable; and
- justifies the restrictions and requirements being imposed.