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Public Spaces Protection Orders 2021


Current Status

The PSPO (Public Spaces Protection Order) public consultation closed on 29 August 2021 and we are currently assessing the responses in anticipation of a further report to Cabinet later this year.

Draft proposals, or potential prohibitions and requirements, are shown below and links to the draft Orders can be found at the foot of the page.

What happens next?

Some of the measures implemented in September 2018 will be renewed on 25 September 2021, others have been the subject of further public consultation, and one measure has been discharged, as follows:

Anti-social behaviour related to rough sleeping and begging, and amplified music in the town centre which results in complaints being made to the Council

We’re pleased to report that no fixed penalty notices have been issued for the above measures but the PSPO has provided us with robust opportunities to engage and challenge people.

These measures will be renewed for a further three years on 25 September 2021.

Dogs on leads at St Marks Rec (TW Rugby Club), dogs prohibited in fenced children’s play areas, and an increase in the penalty notice for dog fouling (failure to pick up)

These measures will be renewed for a further three years on 25 September 2021.

New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), possession and use in Tunbridge Wells town centre

This measure was implemented at a time when other legislation and efforts to control new “legal highs” were also coming into effect. Subsequently, police officers prefer to use more specific legislation to manage this issue as invariably there’s a risk that NPS contain substances that are already controlled.

This measure will be discharged on 25 September 2021.

Alcohol control in Tunbridge Wells town centre, St Johns Park, Grosvenor and Hilbert Parks and the Ridgewaye Playing Fields, Southborough

The town centre alcohol control measure is very well used by police officers, and to a lesser degree in the above parks and open spaces as well.

These measures will be renewed for a further three years on 25 September 2021.

Dogs on leads at The Nevill Ground

This requirement was open to public consultation this year, with two options under consideration – retain the dogs on leads measure for a further three years or introduce an outright prohibition.

The current dogs on leads requirement is set to expire on 25 September 2021. A report will go to Cabinet on 23 September 2021 with a view to extending the dogs on leads measure – effectively maintaining the status quo – for a further three-months while results of the consultation are assessed and subsequently presented to Cabinet later this year (2021).

Alcohol control on Southborough roads (London Road, Meadow Road, Holden Park Road, Springfield Road)

Reports of alcohol-related anti-social behaviour have been few and far between in these specific areas over the past decade or so and as a result we are consulting with the public on whether or not to remove this measure.

The prohibition on the above roads is set to expire on 25 September 2021. A report will go to Cabinet on 23 September 2021 with a view to extending the alcohol control measure – effectively maintaining the status quo – for a further three-months while results of the consultation are assessed and subsequently presented to Cabinet later this year (2021).

New proposals

These proposals were put to residents as part of the consultation, the results of which are currently being assessed and will form a substantial part of a report that will go to Cabinet later this year (2021):

  • Implement a “dogs on leads” requirement in the formal area of Dunorlan Park with an area set aside for unrestricted exercise.
  • Implement a late night “curfew” at St Johns Park, perhaps 10pm to 5am.
  • Implement a “no fishing” requirement, or behaviour controls, on areas of Sherwood Lake where residential properties lie close to the lake’s edge.
  • Implement a “no loitering” requirement or a ban on specific activities in town centre multi-storey car parks.

In conclusion

Across the six measures we consulted on we received responses from over 770 residents, and over 1100 comments.

Thank you to everybody who took the time to engage with the process.

It’s worth noting here that proposals related to dog control will of course comply with the necessary lawful exemptions for assistance dogs.

You can find full details of the report that initiated the 2021 PSPO consultation on the relevant "Agenda, decisions and minutes"  Cabinet page.

Further details will be forthcoming as the process progresses.