Proposed Public Space Protection Orders

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Proposed Public Space Protection Orders

This consultation is open from 13 November 2017 to Friday, 12 January (nine weeks).

Consultation on six types of anti-social behaviour that could be tackled by a public space protection orders for certain areas of Rother

We work with Sussex Police to control anti-social behaviour, with the police taking the lead in serious cases.

We are consulting you on whether to create a new public space protection order to control six identified anti-social behaviours in our district.  These controls are in addition to the public space protection order we already have for dog control.  (A previous consultation Bexhill and Dogs)

A public space protection order can make enforcement faster and easier because it means the police or an authorised council officer can issue a £100 fine, immediately, at the time they see the anti-social behaviour.  This is faster than taking people to court as gathering evidence is a lengthy process.  We can still take people to court, if necessary, where the fine could be up to £1,000.  Other authorities have introduced public space protection orders and measured a reduction in the behaviour they are trying to stop. 

There can be a number of authorised council officers operating in the Council from staff in environmental health, environmental enforcement, crime prevention and other staff who travel around the district checking on our services, land and buildings.  We will run joint training with the police, PCSOs and our authorised staff so that they all know and work to the same standards of giving warnings, when to apply and not to apply the orders.  Our authorised staff will be able to call on the police and PCSOs, with their additional powers, if necessary.

Before we go ahead with an order, the first step is gathering any evidence from you that you are or are not affected by these six forms of anti-social behaviour, either where you live or work in Rother.  (The orders can be based on certain locations or cover all of Rother.)  In addition, we ask if an order is going to make a difference with the problem. The first six identified behaviours are:

  • Begging where it become a nuisance, by shop doorways and by cashpoints
  • Sleeping or camping in vehicles on the highway overnight
  • Drinking alcohol in a public place after being told not to do so
  • Dangerous cycling, skateboarding and any other vehicle (mechanical or not) on pavements/footpaths (including Bexhill promenade)
  • Fly tipping by residents or businesses, particularly in or near litter bins
  • Unauthorised removal of fossils from public land (without permission from the council)

We are focusing on six particular behaviours.  But, there is an opportunity for you to raise other nuisance behaviour that you feel could be helped by having a public space protection order.  This will give us a start on further research and consultation when we review any order that is created. 

Please take part in this research using this online form:  https://surveymechanics.com/s/PSPO2017

Alternatively, you can email consultations@rother.gov.uk or write to Public Space Protection Order Consultation, Rother District Council, Town Hall, Bexhill-on-Sea, TN39 3JX.  We will send you a copy of the list of six orders and our questions.

If you have any questions about public space protection orders, this consultation or how to consult with the Council on this subject please email consultations@rother.gov.uk .  We will put the answers to frequently asked questions on this website for everyone to read.

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