Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs)

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) propose to deal with a particular nuisance in a particular area that is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life for those in the local community. It can prohibit certain things or require specific things to be done.

An example of when a PSPO may be issued could be to prohibit the consumption of alcohol in a specific place.

When deciding whether an order should be issued, we must consider two things:

  1. Whether the behaviour is having a detrimental effect, or is likely to have this effect.
  2. Whether the effect/ likely effect of the activities is of a persistent nature making the behaviour unreasonable and rendering the notice justified.

PSPOs can be made to apply to all people, or limited only to certain people and can be restricted to specific times. A PSPO can last no longer than three years but can be renewed if necessary. Failure to comply with the order can result in a fine or a fixed penalty notice.

Gating Orders, Dog Control Orders and Designated Public Place Orders that were still in force on the 19 October 2017 automatically became Public Spaces Protection Orders and we are currentlly in consultation to extend these. We are not looking to implement any further gating orders.

If you require any further information in relation to Public Spaces Protection Orders, contact the Community Safety Team or email

New PSPO application consultation 

Representations have been made to us by local residents and property owners/occupiers, asking that we take steps to restrict public access to alleyways to the rear and side of their properties by gating access to the alleyway, as shown in the below plan.

Residents have reported, witnessed or have been subjected to/affected by crime and/or anti-social behaviour directly attributable to the alleyways/passageways. This has had an adverse impact on the quality of life and wellbeing of residents, including on local “event” days with those attending events urinating in the alleyways at the rear of homes.

The proposal is to gate the alleyways shown in the plan, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The first step in the process is to contact and consult with all residents whose properties are along/adjoining/adjacent to the alleyways and those in the immediate area who might use or require access to them.

This is the first stage in the alley gating process that will become a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO). We need to gauge what support there is locally for this proposal and as such we would be grateful if you could find time to fill in the survey and complete this before 31 December 2022.

The decision to gate an alley or introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order, (PSPO) will only be made after full consultation with ALL interested parties and with the approval of a majority of those responding.