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 a footpath, restrict certain behaviour or allow alcohol to be confiscated. 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

Alcohol – Worcester City Council Public Spaces Protection Order 2 of 2018

Following a public consultation, the Communities Committee authorised the making of the PSPO on 25 July 2018.  The Order came into force on 13 August 2018 and expires on 12 August 2021. 

The effect of the PSPO is to prohibit the consumption of alcohol or having an alcohol container within the Restricted Area. This is known as the ‘Activity’. The order provides for individuals:

  • To desist from the Activity (or any action reasonably believed to be the Activity): and/or
  • To surrender any alcohol (or any item reasonably believed to be the Activity, including a container for alcohol) in their possession

An authorised Officer may dispose of anything surrendered under this Order.

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 £70.

Dog Control - Worcester City Council Public Spaces Protection Order 1 of 2018

Following a public consultation on the control of dogs in public places Worcester City Council received no objections. The Communities Committee authorised the making of the PSPO on 29 May 2018. The Order came into force on 6 July 2018 and expires on 5 July 2021.

The effect of the PSPO is to regulate the control of dogs within the restricted areas at all times.  The order provides for:

  • The removal of dog faeces by a person in charge of a dog.
  • A dog must not be taken into or kept in a “dog exclusion area”.
  • There is a maximum number of four dogs that can be under the supervision of a single person.

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 £70.

Footpath WR858 - Worcester City Council 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.