Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) were brought in under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.They specify an area where activities are taking place that are or may likely be detrimental to the local community's quality of life, and impose conditions or restrictions on people using that area.
A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) now covers Swadlincote town centre to help tackle anti-social street drinking and youth related anti-social behaviour. The order, which came into force on 15 September 2016 for a duration of three years was made after the police and council received a large number of complaints from businesses and the public about ASB related to street drinkers and groups of young people.
The PSPO gives police and authorised council officers extra powers to deal with specified problems within a specified public space.
The effect of the order is to impose the following prohibitions on the use of the land:
(a) No person shall consume alcohol.
(b) No person shall have unsealed vessels containing alcohol in their possession.
(c) No person shall urinate or defecate other than in a public toilet.
(d) No person shall dispose of litter other than in the bins provided.
(e) No person shall loiter as an individual or in a group if they are causing or likely to cause anti-social behaviour. If asked to disperse on instruction of a police officer, police community support officer or authorised officer (from South Derbyshire District Council) individuals must not return to the area for a period of 24 hours.
Anyone who does not comply with the prohibitions or requirements could be issued with a fixed penalty notice. The PSPO will not restrict the consumption of alcohol where the premises or its curtilage is licensed for the supply of alcohol.
lf any interested person desires to question the validity of this order on the grounds that the council had no power to make it or that any requirement of the act has not been complied with in relation to this order, he or she may apply to the High Court within six weeks from the date on which this order is made.
The Public Spaces Protection Order along with the map showing the area of the order are attached to this page.
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