New local authority East Suffolk has been working with the Police to look at new ways to tackle anti social behaviour – and have decided to replace Public Space Protection Orders with other methods of control. In order to do so they need to show they have consulted the public – so they are now asking the local community for their views via an online questionnaire.
Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) formed part of a wider package of anti-social behaviour (ASB) tools and powers introduced on 20 October 2014
The new powers were designed to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular area that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone
The Public Space Protection Order replaced the following powers:-
Public Space Protection Orders can be used to deal with both:
- Existing problems
- Problems that are likely to arise in the future
Councils can make a PSPO on any public space within its local authority area. It does not have to be land the Council owns. It includes any place in which the public, or any section of the public, has access, on payment or otherwise, as of right or by virtue of express or implied permission e.g. a shopping centre, a leisure centre, public parks, the seafront.
In August 2008, amended Designated Public Place Orders were introduced in Felixstowe, restricting the drinking of alcohol in public places (particularly along the seafront), following consultation with Felixstowe Town Council, the police and public.
The amended orders came into force on 18 August 2008. These were changed to PSPOs in October 2017
To see a list of public places alcohol drinking is prohibited:
And to see a map:
Nicole Rickard, Head of Communities, said: “There are currently ten PSPOs in place in east Suffolk. After recently reviewing these, we have found no evidence to suggest that they are actually needed because there are other, better ways to deal with the issues that they are trying to tackle. Therefore, before the Council makes any decisions on the issue, a public consultation has been launched to ask the public for their view.”
The consultation is running from 7 May until 17 June 2019 and the Council wants to hear the views of local residents and businesses.
Have your say by completing the short survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TVCLQGF
Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) – What might replace them?
The Council and the Police have listed a number of new measures which they believe will better protect communities from serious harm caused by anti-social behaviour. These include the following:
Criminal behaviour order is issued by the courts after a person has been convicted for a criminal offence. Under this order, a person can be banned from certain places or activities.
Police dispersal power allows the police to disperse anti-social behaviour and provide short term respite to a local community.
Community protection notice stops a business, organisation or person over the age of 16 committing anti-social behaviour which spoils the community’s quality of life.
Closure power allows the police or local council to close premises where anti-social behaviour has been committed, or likely to be.
These new powers are more flexible, quicker to obtain and less bureaucratic, making it easier for the police, local councils, social landlords and other local agencies to deal with anti-social behaviour and puts victims at the heart of the process.