Public Space Protection Orders
Public Spaces Protection Orders (often called PSPOs), were introduced in 2014.
They sit amongst a broad range of powers and tools to help tackle anti-social behaviour locally.
Councils understand how anti-social behaviour can blight the lives of people in their local communities, with those affected often feeling powerless to act.
Public Spaces Protection Orders are aimed at ensuring public spaces can be enjoyed free from anti-social behaviour. They are not about stopping the responsible use of the night-time economy, or preventing young people from seeing their friends - but they do provide councils with another tool to help deal with persistent issues that are damaging their communities.
Councils can use PSPOs to prohibit specified activities, and/or require certain things to be done by people engaged in particular activities, within a defined public area.
Sunderland's Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO city wide notice of making an order) is a city wide order, live from 1 May 2021 for three years covering the following prohibitions:
- Consumption of alcohol in a public place, causing or likely to cause anti-social behaviour
- The use of psychoactive substances in a public place
- Anti-social/nuisance behaviour linked to street trading and peddling
- Restrictions on unauthorised street events on adopted highways
- Anti-social and or aggressive begging
- Anti-social use of skateboards, bicycles and stunt bicycles causing damage to property and/or nuisance or annoyance to other persons
- Anti-social riding of a motorcycle, moped or quad bike in an open public place including bridleways and footpaths
- Feeding of gulls and pigeons
- Waste on land
- Bin raking activity
- Removal of shopping trolleys
- Urinating and defecating in public places
- Spitting and discarding chewing gum
- Dog fouling, dogs not kept under control and the presence of dogs in prohibited areas (dog control orders)
If you do not comply, you may receive a £100 fixed penalty notice or face prosecution.