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Public Spaces Protection Orders 2021



Current status

Some of the measures implemented in September 2018 were renewed on 25 September 2021 for a further three years, others have been the subject of further public consultation, and one measure has been discharged.

You can find full details of the report that initiated the 2021 PSPO consultation within the agenda, decisions and minutes from Cabinet on 24 June 2021.

The Orders can be downloaded using the links in the PSPO Documents section at bottom of this page.

Proposals related to dog control will comply with the necessary lawful exemptions for assistance dogs.

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

These measures were 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 were 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 discharged on 25 September 2021 as there are other means to address issues related to NPS.

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

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

London Road (and three side roads) in Southborough (alcohol control) and The Nevill Ground (dogs on leads)

These two measures were renewed on 25 September 2021 for a period of three months while the responses to the public consultation were assessed. Further details below.

Southborough roads

A proposal to vary the current alcohol control order to have effect only on London Road was approved at Cabinet on 2 December 2021. The original order has been in effect since 2003 and includes three side roads - Meadow Road, Springfield Road and Holden Park Road. These three roads were added to avoid displacement of alcohol-related anti-social behaviour from London Road into more residential areas.

We had originally proposed to remove the order altogether but given the strong response to the consultation Cabinet approved a reasonable compromise whereby we retain the order on London Road (between Speldhurst Road and Pennington Road) and a short stretch of Holden Park Road - for the length of the convenience store to avoid anyone ‘hanging out’ at the store entrance with an open vessel.

The current order expires on Christmas Eve with the new order coming into effect on Christmas Day for a period of three years.

The new order (in draft and numbered 4a at this time) can be downloaded using a link in the PSPO Documents section at bottom of this page.

Nevill Ground

In 2018 we consulted on whether to make the cricket ground a ‘no dogs’ area. The outcome of the public consultation was evenly balanced between those who believed that dogs should not be permitted in any sports ground and responsible dog owners who have been taking their pets to The Nevill Ground for decades.

In light of this, on 2 December 2021 Cabinet approved a 'dogs on leads' order at the cricket ground and this has now been extended for a further three years. Grounds-people are still cleaning up after irresponsible dog owners so we will look to reinforce the order with increased enforcement as and when we can.

The new order (in draft and numbered 5a at this time) can be downloaded using a link in the PSPO Documents section at bottom of this page.

Dunorlan Park

On 2 December 2021 Cabinet also approved a new order for Dunorlan Park with a requirement that dogs be kept on leads in the formal area of the park with an area set aside for unrestricted exercise.

Our Parks Team have slated March 2022 for implementation. Further details will be forthcoming and the order will be publicised widely prior to implementation.

Sherwood Lake, St John’s Park, RTW multi-storey car parks

Proposals to address anti-social behaviour in these locations were strongly supported in the consultation but further work needs to be undertaken to ensure we impose fair and balanced orders that will produce good outcomes for residents and other users of these open spaces.

A further report will go to Cabinet in April 2022 with proposals for measures to be implemented soon thereafter.

Further details will be posted here as the process progresses.