Public Space Protection Order consultation

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.

These tools replaced and streamlined a number of previous measures. They were brought in as part of a government commitment to put victims at the centre of approaches to tackling ASB. The tools focussed on the impact behaviour can have on both communities and individuals, particularly on the most vulnerable.

Powers to create PSPOs came into force in October 2014. As well as enabling local authorities to address a range of different issues, the orders replace Designated Public Place Orders (DPPOs) and Dog Control Orders which automatically become PSPOs (as of 20 October 2017).

PSPO in Medway consultation

We are consulting on the extension of a number of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) in Medway.

The consultations will focus on what is commonly known as Alcohol Control Zones and Dog Control Orders.

PSPO: Alcohol Control Zones

We are consulting on the extension for a further 3 years from 17 October 2020 of the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).

It will cover the following areas:

  • Strood Town Centre
  • Gillingham Town Centre
  • Rochester Town Centre
  • Chatham Town Centre

This will allow us to continue to address alcohol related anti-social behaviour (ASB) issues. It will help to improve community safety and the local environment in this area.

The PSPO proposes a continuation of the prohibition on the drinking of alcohol within the area. This restricts drinking alcohol in public places in an anti-social way, for example in the street.

This will not stop the consumption of alcohol in any area licensed for the sale and supply of alcohol during normal licensing hours, such as a bar within the area covered by a PSPO.

PSPO breaches

The order does not mean a blanket ban on drinking in public, but does mean that a police officer, police community support officer (PCSO) or authorised council officer can prevent you drinking alcohol if you're behaving anti-socially. They also have the power to confiscate and dispose of your alcohol and fine you up to £500. If you fail to comply you can be arrested.

Pubs, restaurants and off licences do not form part of the PSPO. Areas covered by a temporary event notice for alcohol sales or a local authority premises licence are only exempt from the PSPO whilst alcohol is being served and for 30 minutes after.

PSPO: Dog Control Orders

We are consulting on the extension for a further 3 years from 17 October 2020 of the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).

It will cover the following areas:

  • Capstone Country Park
  • Riverside Country Park

This will allow us to monitor anti-social behaviour of dog owners or handlers. It will make sure dogs are kept on leads or excluded in certain areas.

The PSPO proposes a continuation of dog control within the area. This means dogs must be kept on leads in certain areas, and being excluded from some areas (play and education areas). 

PSPO breaches

If a person is seen to not comply with the order they will be in breach.

A police officer, PCSO or authorised council officer will explain to them that they are in a Dog Control Zone. They will ask them to put the dog on a lead or to remove the dog from a certain area.

The officer will issue them with a Fixed Penalty Notice if they do not comply within a reasonable time after been advised and warned.

Have your say

This consultation ended on 17 July 2020.

Contact us

If you have any questions email: csu@medway.gov.uk or phone: 01634 333 333 and ask to speak to an officer from the Community Safety Partnership office.

Or write to:

Public Space Protection Order Consultation
Community Safety Partnership
Medway Council
Gun Wharf
Dock Road
Chatham
Kent ME4 4TR