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.

Prohibitions
 

  • 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

Positive requirements

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

Locations

The PSPOs are in place in the following public areas. The boundaries of the restricted areas are shown on the maps.

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.