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
- 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.