Proposed Public Space Protection Orders


Proposed Public Space Protection Orders

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

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 consulted 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 go 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 are 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 was 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 were:

  • Begging where it become a nuisance, by shop doorways and by cash points
  • 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 focused on six particular behaviours.  But, there was an opportunity for you to raise other nuisance behaviour that you felt could be helped by having a public space protection order.  This gave 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:  CLOSED

Alternatively, you could have emailed or write to Public Space Protection Order Consultation, Rother District Council, Town Hall, Bexhill-on-Sea, TN39 3JX.  We sent copies 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 .  We will put the answers to frequently asked questions on this website for everyone to read.

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