Public Spaces Protection Orders [PSPOs]
PSPOs are one of a number of new 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 and South Bucks District Council recently consulted on the proposed Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) which will cover all land in the Districts that the public has access to, with the exception of Burnham Beeches in South Bucks which will be covered by a City of London Corporation PSPO. As a result of consultation feedback 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 Councils to establish a comprehensive and consistent approach when dealing with dog control issues.
The proposed PSPOs will also replace the existing Designated Public Place Orders (DPPOs) in Chiltern, which provide the Police with powers to stop people drinking and surrender alcohol if they are causing or likely to cause anti-social behaviour (ASB). There are no DPPOs in South Bucks.
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 on summary conviction.
You can view the locations of existing Dog Fouling Designation Orders and locations of the existing DPPOs at www.chiltern.gov.uk/dogfouling and www.southbucks.gov.uk/dogfouling