Public Space Protection Orders

What is a Public Space Protection Order?

Public spaces protection orders (PSPOs) deal with a particular nuisance or problem in an area that can cause harm to the local community’s quality of life.

It works by installing a set of rules that apply to everyone who lives in that area. They are there to make sure that law-abiding people can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.

Who can make a PSPO?

Councils are responsible for making the new PSPO. District Councils have taken the lead in England.

If necessary organisations other than local authorities can make PSPOs if there is a real need.

When can a PSPO be made

A PSPO can be made by the Council if they are sure that the activities carried out, or likely to be carried out, in a public space:

  • Have had, or are likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality;
  • Is, or is likely to be, persistent or continuing in nature;
  • Is, or is likely to be, unreasonable; and
  • Justifies the restrictions imposed.

East Staffordshire Borough Council currently have two PSPOs in place, one for the control of dogs and one for the consumption of alcohol.