Public Space Protection Orders
Public Space Protection Orders have been put in place along the seafront and in a number the city's parks and open spaces.
In October 2014, the Secretary of State brought into force various provisions contained within the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act ('the act') relevant to tackling anti-social behaviour. Under section 59 of the act, local authorities have been granted the power to make Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in specified public places ('the restricted area').
Following a public consultation in early 2016, the Policy, Resources & Growth Committee approved the PSPOs in July 2016. The orders came into effect from 1 January 2017 and last for three years, until 31 December 2019.
The order creates the following prohibitions and positive requirements in the parks and open spaces listed below.
- Occupying any vehicle, caravan, tent or other structure
- Driving any vehicle on grass
- Littering or fly tipping
- Lighting or maintaining a fire
- Defecating or urinating
Any person on request by an authorised officer, police officer or PCSO shall:
- remove any vehicle, caravan, tent or other structure within 12 hours (the actual notice period given will be at the discretion of the issuing officer depending on the individual circumstance of the breach)
- disposing of items as directed
- permit a council, police or fire officer to extinguish a fire
- provide a name, address and date of birth when required to do so by a council or police officer
The PSPOs are in place in the following public areas. The boundaries of the restricted areas are shown on the maps.
- Brighton & Hove seafront including the A259 from Black Rock to Hove Lagoon map (PDF 3.4mb)
- The Greenway (adjacent to railway New England Quarter) map (PDF 396KB)
- Hollingbury Park map (PDF 355KB)
- Lawn Memorial Cemetery and adjacent land (Woodingdean) map (PDF 250KB)
- Preston Park map (PDF 1.56mb)
- Rottingdean Recreation Ground map (PDF 218KB)
- Sheepcote Valley and East Brighton Park map (PDF 521 KB)
- St Helen's Park map (PDF 314KB)
- Stanmer Park map (PDF 3.4mb)
- Surrenden Field map (PDF 283KB)
- Waterhall map (PDF 390KB)
- Wild Park map (PDF 890KB)
Failure without reasonable excuse to comply with the prohibitions and requirements imposed by this order is a summary offence under the act. An authorised officer, police officer or PCSO may under issue a fixed penalty notice to anyone they have reason to believe has committed an offence in relation to this order.
Breach of a prohibition or requirement may result in a fixed penalty notice of up to £100 or prosecution and, on conviction, a fine of up to £1,000.