When problems in an area affect the local community's quality of life, we may put rules in place to deal with it. These rules or 'orders' are designed to make sure we can all use and enjoy public spaces, safe from antisocial behaviour.
An ‘order’ places restrictions and requirements on certain behaviour in an area. The order can last up to three years. The Council can – after further consultation – extend it for another three-year period.
It will be a criminal offence not to stick to the order, and you can either get a fixed penalty notice of £100 or be prosecuted, which could lead to a fine of up to £1,000.
Why a PSPO would be put in place
A PSPO can be introduced if the relevant behaviour is having, or is likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of people in the area. The behaviour has to be ongoing or happening regularly, be unreasonable, and its impact must be such that the restrictions and requirements should be put in place.
Legally it is not an offence to drink alcohol in a controlled drinking zone. However, it is an offence to fail to comply with a request, from an Authorised Officer or Constable, to stop drinking or surrender alcohol in a controlled drinking zone. This could result in a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100 or prosecution in the criminal courts, with a fine on conviction of up to £1000. If alcohol is confiscated, the person who it confiscates it can dispose of it.
Following this consultation the Council will carefully consider the results before making the final decision. People would be made aware of the final decision and if an order is put in place there would be signs put up in the relevant areas.
Can a PSPO be challenged?
Anyone who lives in, regularly works in or visits the area can appeal a PSPO in the High Court within 6 weeks of it being made.
Read the proposed PSPO
This consultation is now closed.