Public Space Protection Orders
New Public Spaces Protection Orders for Hastings
Dog control and Anti-social behaviour
The PSPOs are for dog control and anti-social behaviour (ASB) and specify certain restrictions to be applied to areas of the Borough. Below are the two proposed PSPOs:
A summary of each PSPO can be found below:
The PSPOs are made under the provisions of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. Failure to comply with the restrictions set out in the Public Space Protection Orders in the areas they apply to is an offence.
The PSPOs began on Monday 12 June 2017 and will be enforced by Sussex Police, and the Council.
There is new signage across the town where the new PSPOs apply. The signs summarise the PSPOs in place in the areas concerned.
What are Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) and what are they for?
According to the Home Office guidance: "Public spaces protection orders are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular area that is detrimental to the local community's qualify of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone. They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour".
Who can make a PSPO?
A PSPO can be made by a Council if they are satisfied on reasonable grounds that the activities carried out, or likely to be carried out, in a public space:
- have had, or are likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality;
- is, or is likely to be, persistent or continuing in nature;
- is, or is likely to be, unreasonable; and
- justifies the restrictions imposed.
In November 2016 the National Consortium of Police and Crime Commissioners published the following best practice guidance highlighting the need for PSPOs as part of a multi-faceted approach to tackling ASB.
Reporting dog control and anti-social behaviour
To report contraventions of the dog control PSPOs, please use our online comments form.