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Public Space Protection Orders

Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) form part of a wider package of anti-social behaviour (ASB) tools and powers introduced on 20 October 2014

The new power is designed to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular area that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone.gov

The Public Space Protection Order replaces the following powers:-

Public Space Protection Orders can be used to deal with both:

  • Existing problems
  • Problems that are likely to arise in the future

Councils can make a PSPO on any public space within its local authority area. It does not have to be land the Council owns.  It includes any place in which the public, or any section of the public, has access, on payment or otherwise, as or right or by virtue of express or implied permission e.g. a shopping centre.

Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) Consultation Survey

The Public Space Protection Orders under the Crime and Policing Act 2014 replaced Alcohol Consumption in Designated Public Place (DPPO) on the 20th October 2017. A number of new measures to better protect communities from serious harm caused by anti-social behaviour include the following:

Public space protection order is a power which allows a local council to deal with a particular nuisance or problem that is detrimental to the local community.

Criminal behaviour order is issued by the courts after a person has been convicted for a criminal offence. Under this order, a person can be banned from certain places or activities.

Police dispersal power allows the police to disperse anti-social behaviour and provide short term respite to a local community.

Community protection notice stops a business, organisation or person over the age of 16 committing anti-social behaviour which spoils the community’s quality of life.

Closure power allows the police or local council to close premises where anti-social behaviour has been committed, or likely to be.

These new powers are more flexible, quicker to obtain and less bureaucratic, making it easier for the police, local councils, social landlords and other local agencies to deal with anti-social behaviour and puts victims at the heart of the process.

Currently there are 10 PSPO’s in the area of the previous Suffolk Coastal District Council. The District Council and the Police have found no evidence to support the current PSPO’s so are required to carrying out a consultation to determine if these orders are to continue.

We would like to hear your views, so please complete this questionnaire.