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Public Space Protection Order Consultation

Anti-social behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

Public Space Protection Order

Bridgend County Borough Council is seeking your views on proposals to create Public Space Protection orders (PSPO) to:

a) Prohibit the drinking of alcohol in specified areas

b) To limit public access to parts of the highway by installing a gate which is locked at specified times

PSPO’s are designed to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a public space. They are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular area that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area, which apply to everyone. 

They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour. They can be enforced by a police officer, police community support officers and council officers.

Breach of a PSPO is a criminal offence. Enforcement officers can issue a fixed penalty notice of up to £100 if appropriate, or following a conviction in Court a person can receive a fine of up to £1,000. 

Anyone who lives in, or regularly works in or visits the area can appeal a PSPO in the High Court within six weeks of issue.

A PSPO can be issued if the Council are satisfied that the activities carried out in a public space:

  1. have had, or are likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of like of those in the locality
  2. is, or is likely to be, persistent or continuing in nature
  3. is, or is likely to be, unreasonable
  4. justifies the restrictions imposed 

The Orders, if approved, are scheduled to become effective from 14 October 2017 and will:

  • Replace the 5 existing Designated Public Places Order
  • Extend the area covered by the existing Designated Public Place Order in Bridgend to include Coity Road, up to the entrance to the Princess of Wales Hospital. This will extend the zone in which police have powers to confiscate alcohol from people drinking in a public area where nuisance or annoyance to members of the public, or disorder have been associated with the consumption of intoxicating liquor in that place.

Bridgend County Borough Council is seeking your views on proposals to create Public Space Protection orders (PSPO) to:

a) Prohibit the drinking of alcohol in specified areas

b) To limit public access to parts of the highway by installing a gate which is locked at specified times

The Orders, if approved, are scheduled to become effective from 14 October 2017 and will:

  • Replace the 5 existing Designated Public Places Order
  • Extend the area covered by the existing Designated Public Space Order in Bridgend to include Coity Road, up to the entrance to the Princess of Wales Hospital. 

Copies of the existing Designation Public Places orders and maps can be found here:

Copies of the draft PSPO can be found here.

The consultation will be open until 13/11/2017

Response to the consultation can be made via the following ways:

Complete an online survey here

By email to consultation@bridgend.gov.uk

In writing to

Consultation, Engagement and Communications Team
Bridgend County Borough Council
Civic Offices
Angel Street
Bridgend
CF31 4WB

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