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Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) - Alcohol

PSPOs are one of a number of powers introduced by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. They are designed to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in an area which is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the community.

Why impose restrictions?

  • A PSPO is designed to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a public space which is having or is likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the area.
  • The behaviour must be persistent or continuing nature and must be unreasonable.
  • A PSPO is not a ban on drinking alcohol and the powers do not intend to disrupt peaceful activities for example, families having a picnic in a park with a glass of wine. However, it is an offence to fail to comply with a request to cease drinking or surrender alcohol in a designated area.

What happens if I breach the order?

A person found to be in breach of the Order will be liable to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £100 or to a maximum penalty of £500 on summary conviction.

The Order came into force on 18 October 2021. It will be reviewed in three years time, 2024.

Where are restrictions in place?

The maps below show the areas in towns covered by the PSPO. These maps are intended as a guide only; for detailed maps, please download the full PSPO from the downloads sections of this page.

Click on the maps to view a large version.






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