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Date published: 1st February 2017

Public Space Protection Orders impose conditions on the use of an area, such as restrictions on dogs or the drinking alcohol in a public place.

North Norfolk District Council is currently consulting with residents on a large number of Public Space Protection Orders.

Cllr Angie Fitch-Tillett Cabinet Member for Environmental Services said: “This is a great chance for residents to have their say on protection of local areas from behaviours that could affect enjoyment of their environment.

“It is vital we all strike a balance as a community between tolerance and ensuring a few individuals don’t spoil our public spaces for the rest of us or endanger our environment. Please take part in the consultation and have your say.”

Public Space Protection Orders or PSPOs were introduced under the Government’s Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, 2014. The Orders forbid certain activities in a geographical area and replace Gating Orders, Dog Control Orders and Designated Public Place Orders.

Activities covered by PSPOs include restricting the use of a highway late at night, the drinking of alcohol in a public space or restricting dogs from a particular, designated location.

The Council proposes to introduce three district-wide PSPOs. These are:

  • No dog fouling (this is currently in place under previous legislation): any person seen not clearing up after their dog on any publicly accessible land;
  • Dog to be put on lead: when requested by authorised officer on any land defined as publicly accessible. This would be used when a dog is out of control and causing either fear of attack or harm to other dogs and/or people;
  • No Chinese lantern and mass balloon releases: this would cover any mass releases of these objects from all Council land.

The consultation will run until 3 March 2017 after which a report will go to Cabinet in April.

Last updated: 29th March 2017