We can issue a public spaces protection order (PSPO) to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in an area.
We may do this when behaviour in an area is:
- harming the quality of life of those in the community
A PSPO sets restrictions on how an area is used. These restrictions apply to everyone and make sure that the law-abiding majority can enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.
Before issuing a PSPO for an area within Thurrock, we must consult with:
- local police
- community representatives – these could be individuals or groups, such as a community forum or regular users of an area
We will publish a draft of an order before issuing it. If you live in, work in, or regularly visit the restricted area, you can challenge the validity of a PSPO in the High Court if you believe either:
- we did not have the powers to make the order or to include prohibitions or requirements
- requirements – for example, consultation – had not been met
We may issue you a fixed penalty notice – a type of fine – if you breach the restrictions of a PSPO.
PSPOs issued in Thurrock
The following PSPOs have been issued: