Review of Northampton Borough Council Public Spaces Protection Order 2017

Review of Public Spaces Protection Order 2017

In October 2014 the government implemented the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 which gives local authorities and police more effective powers to deal with anti-social behaviour. One of the powers is a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) which can be used to regulate activities in particular public places that can have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality.

Failure to comply with the PSPO could result in a person being issued with Fixed Penalty Notice (“FPN”) of up to £100 by a person authorised to do so by us or a police officer. Breach of the PSPO is in itself a criminal offence and any person found guilty doing so is liable on conviction in the Magistrates’ Court to a maximum (currently) £1,000 fine. If a person is issued with a FPN and fails to pay it, then it is likely that they will be prosecuted for the offence of breaching the PSPO.

It is up to each local authority to determine which behaviours they include in a PSPO providing those activities:

  • have had, or are likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality
  • are, or are likely to be, persistent or continuing in nature
  • are, or are likely to be, unreasonable and justify the restrictions imposed

We made a PSPO on 1st April 2017 prohibiting certain behaviours in public places in Northampton or specific areas of the borough. This Order will expire on 31st March 2020 and needs to be reviewed before the end of this 3 year term. As well as considering whether the current behaviours covered by the PSPO need to remain prohibited, we would also like to ask you to consider whether some other behaviours about which we receive complaints ought to be included within any further Order and we invite you to complete the following questionnaire.

Fill in the survey

This is your opportunity to have a say about we tackle certain types of anti-social behaviour occurring within Northampton. Please feel free to answer any or all of the questions set out in this survey.

You’ll also need to look at the plans attached to the 2017 PSPO as Appendices 1, 1A and 1B:

Take part in the consultation

This consultation is open from Tuesday 17 December 2019 until Tuesday 10 March 2020.

For more information, or a paper copy of this questionnaire and the plans, please contact  01604 838592 or email