In October 2014 the Anti-social Behaviour Crime & Policing Act 2014 (the Act) introduced new powers relevant to tackling Anti-Social Behaviour. In October 2017 Rotherham Council introduced a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) that allowed the Council and Police to deal with measures to reduce anti-social behaviour in the Town Centre and Clifton Park. A separate PSPO exists across all of Rotherham to make it an offence not to clean up after your dog.
The legislation states that the maximum time a PSPO can be implemented for is three years, before requiring a formal review. The PSPO will expire in October 2020 unless it is reviewed and a new order made. There are no restrictions on the number of times the PSPO can be reviewed and re-implemented.
The PSPO contains the following measures:
- Acting in a way that causes harassment, alarm, distress, nuisance, or annoyance
- Face to face fundraising and marketing carried out by organisations without prior written permission of the Council
- Dropping litter
- Dogs must be on a lead (other than in the designated dog exercise areas in Clifton Park)
- Urinating or defecating in a public place
- Spitting saliva or any other product from the mouth
- Drinking alcohol other than in a licenced premises or event
- Dog fouling