Public Space Protection Orders

What is a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)?

A PSPO is an official measure that is an enforceable part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. PSPOs can be used to protect the public from behaviour that is having, or is likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality and is persistent and unreasonable (or likely to be).

What does a PSPO do?

The PSPO can restrict activities in a certain area, e.g. stop access along the footpath in its entirety. A breach of a PSPO is a criminal offence and can be enforced by a police officer, police community support officer and authorised Council officers. A Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100 can be issued or a fine of up to £1,000 on prosecution. 

Current PSPOs

Worcester City Council (Footpath WR858) Public Spaces Protection Order 1 of 2017.

Following a public consultation on the closure of Footpath WR858 due to anti-social behaviour, Worcester City Council received no objections. The Communities Committee authorised the making of the PSPO on 20 June 2017. The Order comes into force on 7 July 2017 and expires on 6 July 2020.

The effect of the PSPO is to restrict the public right of way over Footpath WR858 at all times to all persons. A person who fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with the PSPO will be committing an offence and will be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale or a fixed penalty notice of up to £100.