Public Space Protection Order

Public Spaces Protection Order (2020)

Arun District Council has introduced a new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) with effect from 1 April 2020.  Please find below some basic FAQs to help explain what the PSPO is and how it affects you:-

 

What is a PSPO?

Public Spaces Protection Orders can be introduced by local authorities to tackle specific nuisance behaviour in public areas.  A PSPO can require people in that area not to carry out certain activities and place requirements on them in order to comply with the Order.

 

Why is a new PSPO needed?

The Council’s 2017 PSPO ran for a period of 3 years, and so expired in March 2020.  To ensure that public spaces are protected from anti-social behaviour, a new Order is being implemented following consultation with the public and partner agencies.

 

How does this affect me?

The conditions of the PSPO apply to everyone within the designated ‘restricted areas’.  Anyone in these areas must abide by the conditions imposed.  Failure to do so could result in being issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100 or, if summonsed to Court, could result in a fine of up to £1,000.

 

What are the restrictions of the PSPO?

Effectively, there is a control on the consumption of alcohol in public spaces within the restricted areas.  This means that the Police and officers authorised by the Council can instruct people to stop drinking and may confiscate their containers of alcohol.

In addition to the alcohol restriction, all users of the designated public areas are not permitted to act in an anti-social manner.

 

How do I know if I am in the restricted area?

The designated restricted areas apply to Littlehampton and Bognor Regis and surrounding localities.  Signage highlighting the restrictions will be erected in prominent locations throughout these areas.

The full PSPO and maps of the restricted areas can be found here: 

PSPO sealed and dated 17.03.2020.pdf [pdf] 483KB

Councillor Gill Yeates, Arun District Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said:

“The Council remains committed to tackling anti-social behaviour in our communities and this PSPO will allow us to work collaboratively with Sussex Police and our various partners to address these issues.

“The PSPO targets locations within our district where there is evidence of street drinking and anti-social behaviour problems.  It will allow the Council’s officers and the Police to address these issues in a cohesive manner.

“It must be stressed that the power to remove alcohol is discretionary and is not a total ban on drinking alcohol in public.  Alcohol will only be taken away from people who are causing problems or who are likely to engage in unreasonable behaviour when drinking.

“Arun District Council will continue to work with support services to help anyone wanting to tackle their dependency on alcohol.

 

The attached leaflet provides information and guidance on the Council’s enforcement pathway and some useful contacts (once available link to enforcement leaflet to follow)