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Public spaces protection order (PSPO)

Brentwood Town Centre Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)

Brentwood Borough Council has introduced a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to cover areas within Brentwood town centre. Consultation has taken place with the public, businesses, partner organisations including Essex Police, Essex Fire, Police & Crime Commissioner, and other areas of the community that may be affected by the introduction of a PSPO.

What is a Public Spaces Protection Order?

A public spaces protection order is made by a Local Authority if satisfied on reasonable grounds that two conditions are met. Firstly, that

(i) activities carried on in a public place within the authority’s area have had a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality; and

(ii) it is likely that activities will be carried on in a public place within that area and that they will have such an effect.

The second condition is that the effect, or likely effect, of the activities is, or is likely to be of a persistent or continuing nature, such as to make the activities unreasonable, and therefore justifies the restrictions imposed by the notice.

A public spaces protection order is an order that identifies the public place and prohibits specified things being done in the restricted area and/or requires specified things to be done by persons carrying on specified activities in that area. The order may not have effect for more than 3 years and the Local Authority must consult with the chief officer of the police and the local policing body before issuing the order.

Failure to comply with a public spaces protection order is an offence.

To download a copy of the document please click below:

Public Spaces Protection Order (pdf)

The area covered by the proposed PSPO is the Brentwood High Street, town centre area and Kings Road down to Brentwood Station - please click the link for a map

Public Spaces Protection Order Map (pdf)

If there are any questions on the PSPO, please contact the Council's Corporate Enforcement Team by email

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 introduced several new tools and powers for use by councils and their partners to address anti-social behaviour (ASB) in their local areas.

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) are one of the tools available under the 2014 Act.  These are wide-ranging and flexible powers for local authorities, which recognise that councils are often best placed to identify the broad and cumulative impact that ASB can have.  The Act gives councils the authority to draft and implement PSPOs in response to the particular issues affecting their communities.

PSPOs focus on the intended problem behaviour in a specified location.  The legislation provides for restrictions to be placed on behaviour that apply to everyone in that locality.  Breach of a PSPO without a reasonable excuse is an offence.

Orders can be introduced in a specific public area where the local authority is satisfied on reasonable grounds that conditions have been met. 

These conditions include the requirement to demonstrate that:

  • activities have taken place that have had a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality, or it is likely that activities will take place and that they will have a detrimental effect
  • the effect or likely effect of these activities is or is likely to be, persistent or continuing in nature
  • is, or is likely to be, unreasonable
  • justifies the restrictions being imposed

A single PSPO can be used to target a range of different ASB issues.  Orders allow councils to introduce reasonable prohibitions and/or requirements regarding certain behaviours within the specified public area.

Each PSPO must set out:

  • what the detrimental activities are
  • what is being prohibited and/or required, including any exemptions
  • the area covered
  • the consequences for breach
  • the period for which it has effect

The legislation sets out a number of additional requirements for consultation and communication before an Order is introduced.