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Public Space Protection Order - PSPO

owned by the local authority who can introduce a local order that is deemed necessary to deal with ASB that has a detrimental effect on the public/community.

You may be aware of 'alcohol free areas' that again are owned by the council and cover various locations across the county intended to prevent street drinking that could result in ASB - these orders are purely about alcohol unlike PSPO which are about the wider issue of ASB.

So bear with me.

The alcohol free zones 'die' late 2017, hopefully the local authority will likely introduce PSPO prior to this, PSPO have a life span of 3 years and have to subject to regular review to see if still relevant or need extending/amending/revoking.


A PSPO can be used to deal with areas that should be alcohol free zones plus numerous other broader issues such as the following-

Dog control - numerous aspects

Vehicle nuisance



Unlicensed street trading

Charity collectors

Cycling in pedestrian areas

Urinating/deficating in public spaces

Driving off road

Remote control vehicles such as drones

These are purely broad headings and many will not be relevant to the city or others in the county, there may be other matters which can be considered.

You are probably thing it's a bit big brother, but I can say that many of the issues that could be included are already included in UK law. The pupose of the PSPO is to be specific with regards to ASB issues that effect your own communities.

The whole purpose is to stop the behaviour and whilst some limited matters will likely end up with a fine, most will be dealt by saying stop and only result in a fine if the behaviour continues.

There are a number of PSPO in existence across England and Wales, for example many purely cover alcohol free zones, but some - especially in bigger cities cover issues such as vehicle nuisance (car cruising in Kensington High Street) chugger, busking, begging and even feeding pigeons!


The council if they consider introducing an order have to consult with the police, the office of the PCC and any other interested parties - I would hope the last aspect covers the public. Any matters covered by a PSPO have to be evidenced based - not purely nice to have through a big brother approach.


Enforcement would be down to the police,local authority or any other authorised person.

This is not a cash cow for any local authority, the way the law is written is about stopping the ASB that does have a detrimental impact on the quality of life of our communities - and that includes you, me and the businesses that support the economy of our county

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Criminal records over Havering school parking incidents




From the spring, a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) will be set up meaning CCTV cameras will be installed and anyone caught flouting the regulations can be prosecuted.



Not sure these rules' were designed for parking stuff but there we go ....



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This should make it easier for the police to deal with these incidents/bylaws


Victoria Street underpass in Hereford would benefit from a PSPO ..... There must be decades of stuff recorded about the begging/assaults and general crime that goes on down there .... Not to mention the bikes that regularly zoom through .... Obviously everyone has read about the woman battered down there recently .... And that was at tea time. Not even late ... 

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Briefly work in progress.

Any PSPO is owned by the council, who responsible for all aspects of the consultation. Anything included in the order has to be evidenced based - easy to say there's a problem, but has to be 'evidence' to say there is a problem.

I can't say what will be included or what particular areas will be covered, nor when it will be introduced - that's all down to the council

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More councils threatening homeless people with £1000 fines for begging and rough sleeping




More councils in England and Wales are using new powers to threaten homeless people with £1000 fines for begging and rough sleeping, it has been revealed.


The new powers allow local authorities to ban legal activities, including rough sleeping, begging, drinking and the use of legal highs in public.


Three councils in England and Wales have banned rough sleeping with the Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) and six have banned begging.


Public drinking is the most banned behaviour, with 34 councils taking out orders to ban it. The use of legal highs has been banned by 12 councils.


PSPOs were introduced in 2014, and allow local authorities to ban "anti-social" behaviour for areas or neighbourhoods. They've been likened to 'ASBOs for an area'.


Breaking a PSPO carries a £100 fine, and non-payment of the fine can lead to a criminal conviction and a further £1,000 fine.


Research by the Manifesto Club found 79 of the 346 councils able to use the orders have implemented PSPOs since they were introduced in 2014.


A further 113 councils have proposed or are planning draft PSPOs to be introduced in the near future. These include eight more bans on begging and six more on rough sleeping.


They can also be used to crack down on aggressive charity collections, loitering in groups and swearing in public.






I'm unaware of any of these orders in Hereford. I don't think there's much cash to be made out of it so probably why. Far easier to kick the living daylights out of parking. 


I think you could easily get a PSPO on the Great Western Way. 2 murders in 6 years and numerous people robbed/battered. 

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