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.

Proposed Public Space Protection Order for Dogs

Worcester City Council is aware that clean streets are one of the most important priorities for residents and visitors in Worcester City.  Dog fouling continues to be a concern to local residents, although we are aware that it continues to be a minority of dog owners who do not behave responsibly in public areas.  The council wishes to use all the powers available to it to ensure that public spaces remain clear of dog fouling.  

The council is therefore consulting on its plan to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) relating to dogs in the City.  If introduced, the PSPO will require any person in charge of a dog to immediately remove any dog faeces and prevent dogs to be taken into areas that are clearly marked as ‘dog exclusion areas’.  Any person found, by an authorised person, to be in breach of these requirements will commit an offence and could be dealt with either by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice or prosecution in the magistrate’s court.

The council recognises that, for those who use an assistance dog, these requirements are not reasonable and therefore they will exempt from the requirements of the PSPO.
The City Council wishes to address issues relating to dogs through education and awareness raising, and will therefore promote the PSPO, (should it be adopted), in the following ways:
  • Published media such as the City Life magazine, residents and parish newsletters, press release and on site notice boards
  • Social media through corporate accounts on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Reference material will be added to the City Council website.
  • If required on site signage will be designed and installed on popular walks and open spaces in response to consistently high reports of dog fouling.
If you would like more information about the PSPO you can read more details of the proposed order:-

Before making its final decision to introduce the PSPO, the council wants to hear from the public.  Do you agree with the introduction of the PSPO relating to dogs?  Do you think it is not a big enough problem to require an order?  Please tell us what you think.

Closing date: 5 March 2018