In June 2018 Torridge District Council introduced a Public Places Protection Order (PSPO) imposing prohibitions on antisocial behaviour within defined locations in Bideford. This Order is due to expire in June 2021. Since the current PSPO was enacted, the range and profile of antisocial behaviour in Bideford have increased. So, this is an opportunity to review and update the PSPO.
PSPO’s are a legal tool that are used to stop individuals or groups from committing antisocial behaviour or nuisance in a public space that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life. Local authorities can impose a PSPO after consultation with the Police, the public, the Police and Crime Commissioner and other relevant bodies and individuals.
The test in implementing a PSPO must be that the behaviour being restricted has to:
- Be having, or be likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality;
- Be persistent or continuing in nature; and
- Be unreasonable; and
- Justifies the restrictions imposed.
In implementing a PSPO, restrictions or requirements to address the antisocial behaviour must be set by the council. PSPO’s can be enforced by a police officer, police community support officers and council enforcement officers.
A breach of a PSPO is a criminal offence and can result in a fixed penalty notice of £100 on breach of an order.
Alternatively, a fine of up to £1000 is can be imposed by the court on conviction for the breach.
These provisions seek to address a range of antisocial behaviours affecting Bideford. It is necessary that the provisions are clear, reasonable and enforceable. By making antisocial behaviour the key element in determining the acceptability of actions we seek to take a pragmatic and reasonable response to problem drinking and anti-social behaviour in town.
In order to be able to enact these provisions, it is essential to evidence need, therefore your input into this process is vital. Please see the draft Order and Restricted Area below, and then click on the short survey. The consultation runs until the 4th April, following which the feedback will be considered as part of the determination process for the adoption of the provisions. Whether you support or object to the proposals we need to hear from you.