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Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO)

Introduced under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) are intended to replace the current Designated Public Place Orders (DPPO), the Dog Control Orders (DCO) and Gating Orders.

If there is evidence of behaviour in a public space which is having or is likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of the community and the behaviour is persistent/continuing and unreasonable, a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) can be introduced by the Council to include restrictions on specific behaviour and/or requirements for people to abide by when on the public space in question. All anti-social behaviour can be considered for a PSPO and not just dog or alcohol issues.

Failure to comply with a PSPO enables authorised enforcement officers to issue fixed penalty notices of up to £100 or the person could find themselves prosecuted. A breach is a criminal offence and there is a maximum penalty of a £1,000.

Dogs and PSPO

The following offences are covered under PSPO:

More information about PSPO and the orders they replace.

Any current DPPO's or DCO which are in place across Swale will remain in force for a period of three years from 20 October 2014 (unless otherwise varied, discharged or replaced by a PSPO) and then automatically become PSPO’s following which they will be replaced by the Public Spaces Protection Order should the evidence to satisfy the threshold remain.

Swale may look to review current orders and consider amending conditions before 20 October 2020.

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