Antisocial behaviour (sometimes called ASB) can be anything that causes a person or a group of people to feel seriously annoyed, alarmed, harassed, or distressed. This can include:
Noisy and rowdy behaviour
graffiti (especially when it is particularly offensive)
poor dog ownership, including allowing a dog to become aggressive
setting off fireworks late at night or in the street
What is the Council's role in tackling ASB?
The Council is a member of the South Devon and Dartmoor Community Safety Partnership. This is a group of organisations including the police, fire service, other local authorities, probation service as well as other statutory and voluntary organisations that work together to reduce crime and the fear of crime.
The Council also hosts monthly meetings with partner agencies to talk about ASB issues affecting the various towns and parishes to see what powers we have to tackle these issues.
If you are concerned about the behaviour of individuals, we will work with the Police and others to gather evidence of the impact of the behaviour to decide what action, if any, can be taken.
We might ask you to keep diary sheets of the behaviour that you find antisocial, so that we can gather enough evidence to take action. We may be able to take action against somebody while protecting your anonymity, but we would still need your help to gather evidence.
For more information about how we will investigate your complaint and what action we can take, please read our antisocial behaviour policy which can be downloaded from the right-hand side of this page.
Report an ASB issue here.
Public Spaces Protection Orders
Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) were introduced as part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. PSPOs can be used to control behaviours which are having, or are likely to have, a harmful effect on the quality of life of those in the locality. PSPOs apply conditions or restrictions on people using that area.
Before an order is made, there needs to be some form of consultation with the public, the local police, and where necessary the land owner, about which an order is being made.
Several orders under s.59 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 were made by South Hams District Council on 14 December 2017. The orders came into effect on the 1 January 2018.
The orders were made following public consultation on proposed Public Spaces Protection Orders. This was carried out with the Parish Councils and local Police in the spring of 2017.
The orders will replace the earlier alcohol designation orders, and following complaints about anti-social driving and ball games around Kingsbridge Quay, two new orders to control this behaviour were also introduced.
Copies of the orders can be found on the right hand side of this page and maps showing the various areas covered can be found at the bottom of this page.
Penalty on breach of PSPO
Anybody whose behaviour doesn't obey the details of this order, without a reasonable excuse, is committing an offence and is likely, if convicted, to receive a fine (not larger than Level 3 on the standard scale) or may be issued with a fixed penalty notice, up to £100.
Ball games PSPO