Public Spaces Protection Order to tackle anti-social behaviour in the Borough

Published: Wednesday, 09 November 2016

A proposed Public Spaces Protection order aims to reduce anti-social behaviour by prohibiting certain activities within the Borough and Town Centre and making them a criminal offence.

If agreed to at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday 16 November, the Public Spaces Protection Order will offer the Council and Police more effective powers to tackle a range of anti-social behaviour issues, providing better protection for victims and communities. 

A consultation with Northampton residents earlier this year, helped to identify the key behaviours that the Order should cover. Top issues identified during this process included urinating and defecating in public spaces, keeping dogs on leads, dog fouling and the public consumption of intoxicating substances.  

The proposed Order will be implemented from February 2017, taking over from the Dog Control Order and Designated Public Places Order, which expire next year. Breaching the Order would be a criminal offence with a possible fine of up to £1000.

Councillor Mike Hallam, Northampton Borough Council cabinet member for community safety, said: “We have been working with Northampton residents since the end of 2015 to draft our first Public Spaces Protection Order, which covers the top issues highlighted during this consultation. 

“Pending discussions at Cabinet, we hope to implement this Order in early 2017 to help tackle anti-social behaviour and improve the quality of life for a large number people and businesses within the Borough.”