Public Spaces Protection Orders [PSPO]
PSPOs are one of a number of powers introduced by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. They are designed to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a public space which is having or is likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of people in the area. The behaviour must be unreasonable and persistent or continuing in nature.
Chiltern District Council has recently asked for feedback from residents as to whether a PSPO could be introduced to cover dog control more widely on land in the District that the public has access to. Residents were in favour of greater dog control and so further evidence is being obtained with a view to the introduction of a District wide PSPO at which time existing restrictions may be removed, amended or expanded. The orders will last up to three years before being reviewed.
The proposed PSPOs will replace the existing Dog Fouling Designation Orders established under the Dogs (Fouling of Land) Act 1996 with a view to promote responsible dog ownership. The introduction of the PSPO will allow the Council to establish a comprehensive and consistent approach when dealing with dog control issues.
Following incidents of anti-social behaviour in some of the Council owned car parks, the Council will shortly be consulting on the introduction of a PSPO covering anti-social behaviour at all the Chiltern District Council car parks.
PSPOs have also replaced the earlier Designated Public Place Orders (DPPOs) in Chiltern, which provide the Police with powers to stop people drinking and request surrender of their alcohol if they are causing or likely to cause anti-social behaviour (ASB).
A person found to be in breach of the PSPO will be liable to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £100 or a maximum penalty of £1,000 (£500 for alcohol related PSPO) on summary conviction.
You can view the locations of existing dog fouling designated areas at dog fouling and locations of the alcohol related PSPOs.
Public Spaces Protection Order Consultation - Car parks