Public Spaces Protection Order comes into force

Published Friday, 20th October 2017
Launch of the PSPO in Rotherham
Police and Council officers, with Cllr Emma Hoddinott, launch the PSPO in Rotherham

Rotherham residents are reminded that the new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) comes into force in Rotherham today (Friday).

The new orders replace a range of other orders, including dog control orders and alcohol orders. 

Following a recent public consultation 94% of the public said they supported the idea to help curb bad behaviour such as foul language, littering and consuming alcohol. 

Following feedback received as part of the consultation, the Council introduced a dog exercise area in Clifton Park and has also agreed to review the order within twelve months, to see what impact it has had. 

Rotherham Youth Cabinet also gave its unanimous support, alongside 99% of local businesses who were consulted.

Individuals who break the prohibitions could receive a £100 penalty or, if they fail to pay the fine, would be liable for prosecution. Enforcement will be carried out by both the Council and Police officers. Prohibitions include:

  • Behaving in such a way or using language that causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to another person
  • Making unsolicited approaches, in the open air, for the purposes of face-to-face fundraising and marketing of commercial products, carried out by organisations without prior written permission from the Council
  • Failing to keep a dog on a leash and under control (otherwise than within the dog exercise area within Clifton Park, where dogs may be off leads but must remain under control - see maps at bottom of the page)
  • Littering
  • Urinating or defecating in a public place, other than within designated public toilets
  • Spitting saliva or any other product from the mouth
  • Consuming alcohol other than on licensed premises or at a licensed event

Cllr Emma Hoddinott, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “Members of the public were highly supportive of this approach, and the new powers will enable us to tackle the minority of people in the town centre that prevent other people enjoying it.

“The Council listened to the feedback received during the consultation and we have amended the order to reflect this.”

Chief Inspector Paul Ferguson, of South Yorkshire Police, said: “We look forward to continuing to work with our partners to reduce anti-social behaviour, as the inconsiderate actions of a handful of people are tainting the enjoyment and experience of Rotherham town centre for others. 

“Our officers will support those of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council in robustly dealing with those who choose to break the prohibitions contained within the Public Spaces Protection Order.”

Pictured during a walkabout in Rotherham Town Centre to inform people of the new PSPO, are Chief Inspector Ferguson, Alan Heppenstall, Anti-social Behaviour Officer, Rotherham Council, Cllr Emma Hoddinott, Steve Parry, Rotherham Council Neighbourhood Crime and Anti-social Behaviour Manager and Inspector Dave Struggles.

View the map of the dog exercise area

View a map of the PSPO area