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Consultation on Public Spaces Protection Orders

The Council is asking for the public's view on the introduction of two potential Public Spaces Protection Orders.

These would aim to control anti-social behaviour from ball games and the inappropriate use of cars and their occupants in the Kingsbridge Quay area.

What is a Public Spaces Protection Order?

A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) allows the local authority (LA) to respond to concerns of anti-social behaviour in a specific area.  This can be done by stopping certain activity and/or restricting other activities which are causing concern. Two conditions must be met for a PSPO to be made:

Behaviour must be causing, or likely to cause, a damaging effect on the quality of life to those in the area

Behaviour must be, or likely to be, persistent or continuing in its unreasonable nature

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 gives power to South Hams District Council to create a PSPO, but only once we have carried out appropriate consultation.

Current consultations 

Restriction on Ball Games

The council is asking the public what their views would be on a PSPO controlling the playing of ball games in the area outlined in red.

The potential wording of the PSPO would be:

"If a person plays football or any other ball game, in the area shown in purple on the map below, which causes annoyance to a user of the Kingsbridge Quay, or others in the local area; and refuses to stop when requested by an authorised officer, they will have breached this order."

PSPO Ball map

Anti-social car park usage

The Council is also seeking the public's views on a proposal for a PSPO to control users of the car park from being anti-social.  This includes car users' littering, playing loud music and anti-social driving.

The potential wording of the PSPO would be:

"Under the terms of this Public Space Protection Order, the following is prohibited within the area outlined on the map in yellow:

a)    Gathering or loitering as part of a group around, or in, one or more stationary vehicles at any time, where such activity causes, or is likely to cause, noise, harassment, alarm or distress

b)    Engaging in, promoting, encouraging or assisting in activities of doughnuts, drifting or other driving-related nuisance causing, or likely to cause, danger, noise, harassment, alarm or distress to the public

c)  Causing or allowing excessive amplified music or other noise from vehicles such as to cause, or be likely to cause, alarm, harassment or distress as a result of a gathering in or around one or more vehicles

PSPO anti-social behaviour car map

Failure to comply with the requirements of a PSPO could lead to the Council seeking a prosecution where you may be issued with a fine of up to £1000 (Level 3 on the standard scale). A fixed penalty notice may also be issued with the maximum fine being £100 (but this has yet to be set by the Council).

Consultation Responses

We would now like to hear what local communities think of the proposed changes.

We would be grateful if you could take time to submit feedback to tell us what you think. 

You can record your views by emailing: environmental.health@swdevon.gov.uk

You can also respond in writing to Environmental Health, South Hams District Council, Follaton House, Plymouth Road, Totnes, TQ9 5NE.

Thank you for taking part in this consultation.

Completed responses must be returned by: Friday 13 October 2017.