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Public spaces protection orders
North Tyneside Council has recently developed proposals to introduce Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in the borough. In July, the authority approved the draft proposals and a public consultation exercise to receive feedback on them. The proposals relate to the priorities of the Our North Tyneside Plan where our places will be:
- Great places to live, and attract others to visit or work here and,
- Provide a clean, green, healthy, attractive and safe environment.
PSPOs are designed to tackle activities that have had, or are likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of local communities.
The power to make PSPOs has been brought about by new Anti-Social Behaviour legislation.
Our proposals relate to dog control and the consumption of alcohol in public spaces in the borough that we know are areas of key concern for our residents. Existing controls are currently in place however the introduction of the new legislation has provided us with an opportunity to review what we have in place.
As part of the public consultation, your engagement and feedback will help us understand whether or not our proposals are right and shape them accordingly.
What is being proposed?
PSPOs are available to tackle any activity that constitutes a nuisance or problem as long as the ‘reasonable grounds’ test has been met. The test is that the activity has, or is likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those living or working in the locality and the effect, or likely effect, of the activity is unreasonable.
We have considered that test and have looked at the evidence available to us. The Council has identified that it is appropriate to consider making the PSPOs outlined in the document below.
The proposed designated areas referred to above are outlined in the following tables and maps.
The proposed legal orders are detailed in the following documents.
What is the effect of a PSPO?
It is a criminal offence, without reasonable excuse, to breach the terms of a PSPO. Prosecution of the offender could happen.
As an alternative to prosecution, a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) can be issued. In that instance, it is proposed that a person served with a FPN will have 21 days to pay the fixed penalty of £100. If the FPN is paid within 14 days the fixed penalty will be reduced to £75.
For more information see our Statement of Enforcement Policy.
What will happen at the end of the consultation period?
At the end of the consultation period the Council will fully consider all of the responses that it receives to assess the views that have been expressed.
A report will be prepared for a future Cabinet meeting of the Council where a decision will be taken on the implementation of PSPOs.