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Public spaces protection orders
In October 2017 North Tyneside Council introduced Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in the borough. This followed a public consultation exercise that took place over during summer 2017.
The PSPOs 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 PSPOs 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.
What has been introduced?
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 considered that test, looked at the evidence available to us and consulted on proposals before making a decision to make PSPOs. Following that approach, the Council has made PSPOs to introduce the controls outlined in the document below.
The proposed designated areas referred to above are outlined in the following tables and maps.
The legal orders that have been made 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, 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.
Reviewing our PSPOs
Legally, councils are required to review the PSPOs they make at least every 3 years. Given that our controls are new, we intend to undertake a review in Spring 2018 to assess their effectiveness and that they are fit for purpose.