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Public Spaces Protection Order

Existing PSPO Cycling Prohibition area

What is a Public Spaces Protection Order?

Consultation on cycling prohibition

Can you cycle in town at present?

What are the main changes being consulted on?

What are the timescales?

How can I get take part?

What is a Public Spaces Protection Order?

The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, is designed to prevent anti-social behaviour in streets, parks, market places and retail parks. The PSPO  bans smoking of any kind in children's play areas, cycling through the pedestrianised town centre and means dog owners must produce bags for picking up dog mess.

The Order also outlaws the use of and sale of drugs known as  "legal highs" (drugs that are now illegal) as well as other anti-social behaviour, including urinating, defecating or spitting in a public place. Under the PSPO the powers also enable authorised council staff to:

  • Disperse groups if they are causing (or are likely to cause) nuisance, alarm, harassment or distress to any other person in the town centre
  • Order a person to dismount if they are cycling in the town centre
  • Order a person to cease drinking or hand over alcohol if they are behaving in an anti-social manner
  • Order a person to put a dog on a lead if the animal is causing or likely to cause a nuisance.

People who flout the rules could be handed a £100 fixed penalty notice and up to a £1,000 fine if the case goes to court. 

​Consultation on cycling prohibition

Mansfield District Council is carrying out a consultation exercise to review the prohibition of cycling in the town centre.

Can you cycle in town at present?

In effect cycling is not permitted in the pedestrianised zone at any time and you can be fined for doing so. Authorised officers can clamp down on antisocial behaviour and irresponsible cycling in the town centre making it safer for pedestrians and visitors to the town. They have the authority to ask a cyclist to dismount in the pedestrianised zone and can issue a fine if the cyclist refuses to do so.

What are the main changes being consulted on?

At present, cycling is prohibited 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The proposed changes would mean cycling was only prohibited from 6am to 7pm. The review also suggests that the restricted area is reduced, making the town centre more accessible to two-wheeled visitors.

The powers of the police, PCSOs, community safety officers and other authorised council employees to issue fines when an offence is committed would remain when a person who is cycling in the pedestrianised zone during unpermitted hours, refuses to dismount when asked to do so.

Copies of the proposed orders and plans are available for inspection throughout the consultation period, during normal opening hours, at:

  • Civic Centre, Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield
  • Clumber House, 7 Clumber Street, Mansfield
  • Mansfield Library, Four Seasons Shopping Centre, West Gate, Mansfield.

What are the timescales?

The consultation begins Wednesday 20 September and closes at midnight on Wednesday 25 October 2017.

How can I get take part?

Click here to give us your feedback or email with your comments on the consultation and the PSPO review.

 



Page last updated: 21 September 2017
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