Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)
The Anti-social Behaviour, Police and Crime Act 2014 places new duties on local authorities to tackle Anti-social behaviour (ASB) by working in partnership with the police, social landlords and other agencies. Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) are intended to control and restrict anti-social behaviour in public spaces. They can also help by giving local councils and the police additional powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in specific locations.
A local authority can make a PSPO on any public space in its own area but before doing so needs to make sure that that the activities that are being carried out, or are likely to be carried out, have had a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality; is persistent behaviour; is unreasonable behaviour and that it justifies the restrictions imposed. This means that although anti-social behaviour might be reported in a public space, a PSPO may not be the most appropriate solution as there may already be powers that can be used to tackle the issues.
Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council have introduced a PSPO which contains multiple restrictions - some apply to all public spaces in the borough of Tonbridge and Malling and others apply to specific locations. This came into force on 12 April 2017 and will be in place for three years.
The PSPO replaces dog control orders, designated public place orders (also known as Alcohol Control Zones) and gating orders which are all being phased out by the government. Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) of £80 (or £50 if paid within 10 days) will be issued by the Council's Enforcement Officers for any breaches of the PSPO.
A copy of the Public Spaces Protection Order for Tonbridge & Malling can be downloaded here. We have also produced a leaflet giving information about the PSPO.
The PSPO has generated a lots of questions and we've tried to answer all of these in one handy document (Frequently Asked Questions). However, if you do have any further queries then please contact the Community Safety Unit on 01732 844522.