Public Spaces Protection Orders [PSPO]

PSPOs are one of a number of powers introduced by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and are designed to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in an area which is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the community.

A PSPO is 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 those in the area. The behaviour must be persistent or continuing nature and must be unreasonable. The order will last up to 3 years before being reviewed.

A person found to be in breach of the Order will be liable to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £100 or to a maximum penalty of £500 on summary conviction.

Public Spaces Protection Order - Alcohol restrictions

The previous Designated Public Place Orders (DPPOs) which were transitioned into PSPOs when the new Act came into force provide Police with powers to require any person to stop drinking and surrender alcohol if they are causing or likely to cause anti-social behaviour. A PSPO is not a ban on drinking alcohol and the powers do not intend to disrupt peaceful activities for example, families having a picnic in a park with a glass of wine. However, it is an offence to fail to comply with a request to cease drinking or surrender alcohol in a designated area.

Chiltern District Council is currently reviewing and consulting upon the transitioned Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for the restriction on the consumption of alcohol.  As a result of consultation feedback existing restrictions may be removed, amended or expanded. The proposal is to discharge the existing five PSPOs and create a new, single PSPO covering areas where it is considered that alcohol restrictions should still apply.

The consultation closes at 12 noon on Friday 20th September 2019.  If you have any questions or would like to comment, please contact us by email at

The draft PSPO can be viewed here Icon for pdf Draft PSPO [187.95KB].

Maps of areas currently covered by the PSPO:

Icon for pdf Amersham Land at Roundwood Road [262.27KB]  Icon for pdf Amersham Old Town [776.44KB]  Icon for pdf Amersham on the Hill [1.38MB]  Icon for pdf Amersham Raans Road [341.59KB]  Icon for pdf Amersham Station Forecourt [92.72KB]  Icon for pdf Chesham and Water Gardens [373.01KB]  Icon for pdf Chesham Cemetery [225.37KB]  Icon for pdf Seer Green [327.68KB]

Public Spaces Protection Order - Car parks

Following incidents of anti-social behaviour in some of the Chiltern District Council owned car parks, the Council has introduced a PSPO covering anti-social behaviour. 

View the detail of the PSPO and locations of the car park related PSPOs