Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)

The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) came into force on 17th October 2017. The new powers replace and add to previous powers for dog control orders and antisocial behaviour in Rochford District.

What are PSPOs?

PSPOs are a new provision, created by the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 intended to deal with  any particular nuisances or problems in a defined area that are detrimental to the local community's quality of life. They can help by giving local authorities and police additional powers to tackle anti-social behaviour. The aim is to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in public spaces by introducing restrictions on the use of an area.

If anyone fails to meet the requirements of the PSPO or to comply with a request from a police office, police community support officer (PCSO) or authorised council officer, they could be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of up to £100 or prosecuted. However, these measures are designed to deal with extremes of anti-social behaviour and authorised officers will take a proportionate and common sense approach in their application.

The PSPO addresses the following anti-social behaviour issues:

  1. Dog fouling - you must clear up after your dog on any land in the District
  2. Dogs on leads in specified areas - you must keep your dog on a lead at all times in specified sites
  3. Dog exclusion in specified areas - it is an offence to allow a dog onto Rochford Council owned land which have been designated to exclude dogs:
    • All fenced children's playgrounds and areas which are designated and marked for children's play
    • All fenced games areas e.g. tennis, ball courts, skate parks
    • Marked playing pitches - when in use for playing sports
  4. Failing to produce a receptacle for picking up dog faeces - you must produce a means to pick up your dog's waste when asked to do so by an authorised officer.
  5. Congregation of motor vehicles and motorcycles in designated areas causing noise, public nuisance and danger to others.

The PSPO will remain in place for three (3) years after which it can be renewed. The PSPO can also be varied at any time within this period.

Read the The Public Spaces Protection Order (Rochford District Council) 2017 for more information.

Want to know more about PSPOs?

Information about Public Spaces Protection Orders can be found in section 2.6 of the Home Office document - Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014: Reform of anti-social behaviour powers - there is a link to this in the Related Content section