Public space protection orders


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:

  • unreasonable
  • on-going
  • 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: