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.

By law the PSPO must be renewed every three years and following consultation with the public and other professional bodies the Borough Council has now agreed to a new PSPO (which came into force on 12 April 2020). Most of the restrictions remain the same as before (see above) but there are also two new restrictions included - the first is around ensuring dogs are on a lead within two closed churchyards in Tonbridge (St Peter's and St Paul's Churchyard and St Stephen's Churchyard) and the second is around preventing the unauthorised use of drones on Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council open spaces. Further details can be found in this leaflet.

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).

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