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 are now asking for views on whether you think we should continue with the current restrictions. We have also used this opportunity to propose two new restrictions. The first is around dogs on leads within two closed churchyards in Tonbridge and the second is 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 will be open from now until 30 September and you can complete the online survey here. Hard copies are also available and can be requested using the contact details below.

You can view a copy of the proposed PSPO which gives more details about the proposed restrictions, as well as viewing the text of the proposed Order.

For paper copies of the consultation document, proposed PSPO or for any other queries please contact the Community Safety Unit on 01732 844522 or email csp@tmbc.gov.uk