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8. PSPO

Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for Exeter City Centre and St. Thomas.

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO’s) were introduced as part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.PSPOs can be used to control behaviours which are having, or are likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality. PSPOs impose conditions or restrictions on people using that area.

An order under s.59 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 was made by Exeter City Council on 20 April 2017. The order comes into effect on the 1 June 2017.

The order was made following the Council’s public consultation on a proposed Public Spaces Protection Order that ended on 29 February 2016, with around 1250 having been considered. In light of the responses received as part of the consultation some of the restrictions were revised when considered through the committee process.

The revised proposals were considered at Place Scrutiny Committee on 12 January 2017 and Executive Committee on 14 February 2017 before going before Full Council on 21 February 2017 where it was decided to adopt the proposed PSPO.

Penalty on breach of PSPO

Any person who without reasonable excuse fails to comply with the requirements of this Order commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding Level 3 on the standard scale.

The documents on this webpage include:

  1. Public Spaces Protection Order for Exeter City Centre and St Thomas
  2. Map of PSPO area
  3. Revised PSPO Restrictions with an explanation for revisions
  4. Equality Impact Assessment
  5. Frequently Asked Questions
  6. Responses to Representations