Public Space Protection Order

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Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)

In April 2017 Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council introduced a Public Space Protection Order to address anti-social behaviour in the borough. This Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) covered both open spaces within the borough and also specific locations (Leybourne Lakes Country Park; Tonbridge Memorial Gardens; Tonbridge Moorings: Haysden Country Park; Tonbridge Racecourse Sports Ground and Tonbridge Castle; Tonbridge Farm Sports Ground; and Tonbridge Cemetery). The PSPO allowed the Council to introduce a range of measures to address anti-social behaviour issues such as preventing dog fouling, deterring public urination and defecation and excluding dogs from children's play areas.

The PSPO must be renewed every three years and we asked for views on whether you thought we should continue with the current restrictions. We also used this opportunity to propose two new restrictions. The first was around dogs on leads within two closed churchyards in Tonbridge and the second was around preventing the unauthorised use of drones on Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council open spaces.

If anyone breaches the restrictions contained within the PSPO then they can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £80 (or £50 if paid within 10 days).

The consultation period has now closed and we will be presenting the findings of the consultation to the appropriate Borough Council Board meetings. Once this process has been finalised we will publish the new PSPO's on this page (by April 2020).

If you would like any further information about the PSPO or have any other queries, please contact the Community Safety Unit on 01732 844522 or email