Public Space Protection Order
Our current Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) came into effect on 1 April 2023. The previous PSPO expired at the end of March 2023 having been in place for 3 years, and this new Order was agreed with the same conditions.
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.
The conditions of the PSPO apply to everyone within the designated ‘restricted areas’. Everybody 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.
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 us 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.
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:
The PSPO enforcement information and guidance leaflet provides some useful information and contacts.