Public consultation - public spaces protection order
Public Spaces Protection Order
Start: 30th June 2016
End: 23rd September 2016
Have your say
In October 2014 the government implemented the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 (PDF format, 1.57MB) which gives local authorities and police more effective powers to deal with anti-social behaviour. One of the new 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 local community.
PSPOs can be used to regulate activities in particular public places that can have a detrimental effect on the local community. They can help by giving local councils and local police additional powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in specific locations.
Northampton is considering introducing a PSPO for the borough to help address a range of issues that have been raised, and we would like to provide residents, businesses and visitors to the town with the opportunity to inform the process. (You can find a link to the draft PSPO in the Supporting Documents section below.)
Failure to comply with a PSPO could result in a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100 or prosecution. Anyone breaching the Order is committing a criminal offence and is liable to summary conviction to a maximum penalty of a Level 3 fine (currently £1,000).
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.
- is, or is likely to be, persistent or continuing in nature.
- is, or is likely to be, unreasonable.
- justifies the restrictions imposed.
Therefore, in response to the new powers, Northampton Borough Council, with partner agencies, have reviewed existing issues and are now making proposals for PSPOs in Northampton.
Following consultation in November/December 2015 a draft 'Order' has now been developed. So that we can progress to the final stage we are now seeking your views.
How to take part
For help or queries
Please write to:
Northampton Borough Council
St Giles Square
Telephone: 01604 837752
How results will be used
All comments received during the consultation period (1st July 2016 until 24th September 2016) will be considered and be used in informing the final Public Spaces Protection Order.