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Public Spaces Protection Order consultation

Consultation on public spaces protection order

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) were introduced in October 2014 by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. PSPOs like the Designated Public Place Orders (DPPOs), are designed to allow us to deal with a nuisance or problem behaviour in public spaces within a particular area that is, or is likely to be, detrimental to the local community’s quality of life.

Under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, the existing DPPO automatically became a PSPO in October 2017 and will expire in October 2020.

We have identified, whilst working with partner organisations, including the police, that there are issues arising in connection with public consumption of alcohol that are resulting in anti-social behaviour in certain communities.

It is proposed that a new PSPO is implemented to replace the existing DPPO that will not only cover Alston, Appleby, Penrith and Kirkby Stephen, but extend the area covered by the order to include Long Marton, Brampton and Crackenthorpe, to the north of Appleby and also Shap. Please see a draft of the proposed order including maps showing the affected areas below:

Take part in the consultation

Before a PSPO can be made, councils have to undertake a public consultation. The consultation begins on 5 February 2018 and will end on 16 March 2018. As well as consulting with residents, we are also consulting with the police, Cumbria County Council, town and parish councils and local business organisations within the affected areas.

To take part go to Public Spaces Protection Order consultation on Survey Monkey.

The consultation responses will be analysed, with the results reported back to councillors at the next Executive meeting of the Council, where a decision on whether or not to implement the proposed PSPO will be made.