We can create a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and if it is implemented, it would mean that offenders would be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Why do we need a PSPO?

A PSPO would give the Council, the Police and other organisations less bureaucratic powers to tackle some anti-social issues that could put people off visiting the city and we want our city as welcoming as possible. A PSPO doesn’t reduce the powers that are available to the Police – it adds to them and allows them, as well as trained Council and partner staff, to issue fixed penalty notices for anti-social behaviour rather than relying on the criminal justice route.

What happens if people can’t afford to pay the fines?

We will give additional time to people suffering hardship and put them in touch with any agencies that can support them. Where people refuse to pay, the Council’s policy is to prosecute. Fixed penalty notices are issued as a last resort following a warning.

Public Space Protection Orders - Current

Public Space Protection Order

Date created (updated)

Expiry date

Dog Control Order

28 August 2021 (updated)

29 August 2024

Edgwick Park

10 February 2022 (updated)

11February 2025

City Centre

17 July 2023 (updated)

17 July 2026

City Wide

10 October 2020 (updated)

10 October 2023

St Michael's and surrounding area 12 April 2022 (updated) 13 April 2025