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Public Spaces Protection Order

The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) came into force on 1st May 2016. The new powers replace and add to previous powers for dog control and antisocial behaviour in East Herts.

What are PSPOs?

PSPOs are a new provision, created by the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 intended to deal with  any particular nuisances or problems in a defined area that are detrimental to the local community's quality of life. They can help by giving local authorities and police additional powers to tackle anti-social behaviour. The aim is to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in public spaces by introducing restrictions on the use of an area.

If anyone fails to meet the requirements of the PSPO or to comply with a request from a police office, police community support officer (PCSO) or authorised council officer, they could be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of up to £100 or prosecuted. However, these measures are designed to deal with extremes of anti-social behaviour and authorised officers will take a proportionate and common sense approach in their application.

The PSPO addresses the following anti-social behaviour issues:

  1. Dog fouling - you must clear up after your dog on any land in the District
  2. Dogs on leads when directed - you must put your dog on a lead when requested to do so by an authorised officer
  3. Dogs on leads in specified areas - you must keep your dog on a lead at all times in all East Herts Council owned allotments at Bentley Road, Norwood Close and West Street, Hertford
  4. Dog exclusion in specified areas - it is an offence to allow a dog onto East Herts Council owned land which have been designated to exclude dogs:
    • All fenced children's playgrounds and areas which are designated and marked for children's play
    • All fenced games areas e.g. tennis, ball courts, skate parks
    • All bowling greens
    • Marked playing pitches - when in use for playing sports
  5. Walking more than four (4) dogs - an individual must not walk more than four (4) dogs onto any East Herts Council owned land at any one time.
  6. Failing to produce a receptacle for picking up dog faeces - you must produce a means to pick up your dog's waste when asked to do so by an authorised officer.
  7. Using a mechanically propelled vehicle or device in a disorderly or anti-social manner on any land (public or private) within the District.
  8. Failure to surrender possession when asked of any new psychoactive substances (commonly known as legal highs) or drug that is not alcohol or tobacco on any land within the district - where its use in a public place is likely to result in anti-social behaviour.
  9. Prohibition of alcohol consumption in five (5) designated areas. - you must stop drinking and surrender possession of alcohol when asked to do so by an authorised officer.
  10. Shouting, swearing, screaming or making unnecessary noise where alcohol restrictions are in place - you must stop this behaviour upon request of an authorised officer.

The PSPO will remain in place for three (3) years after which it can be renewed. The PSPO can also be varied at any time within this period.

Read the  The Public Spaces Protection Order (East Hertfordshire District Council) 2016 [953kb] for more information.

For more information on dog fouling and measures to tackle irresponsible dog owners read our page on Dog Fouling & Dog Control.

More information about anti-social behaviour is available on our Anti Social Behaviour page.

Want to know more about PSPOs?

Information about Public Spaces Protection Orders can be found in section 2.6 of the Home Office document  Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014: Reform of anti-social behaviour powers