The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is enacted under powers given by the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. PSPO's are designed to prevent antisocial behaviour in our communities such as issues on streets, parks, market places and retail parks. Mansfield's PSPO, prohibits certain types of acts which are antisocial and or of a nuisance nature including, smoking of any kind in children's play areas and cycling through the pedestrianised town centre.
The Order which was enacted in August 2016, outlaws the use of and sale of certain drugs (formerly) known as legal highs, as well as other antisocial behaviour, including urinating, defecating or spitting in a public place. Under the PSPO the powers also enable authorised council and police 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 antisocial manner.
- Order a person to put a dog on a lead if the animal is causing or likely to cause a nuisance.
Can you cycle in town at present?
There are areas of the town where cycling is permitted, and cyclists can cycle through the pedestrianised areas, so long as it is before 10am or after 6pm. Authorised officers, including police, PCSOs, community safety officers and other authorised council employees are clamping 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 during the restricted times and if the cyclist does not comply they are committing an offence, which may result in a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice being issued.
PSPO 2022 Consultation
MDC’s current PSPO is due for renewal in August 2022, having been in place since 2019. This was created from alterations to a previous PSPO first enacted in 2016. The current PSPO contains various offences that at the time of creation, were relevant to deal with and prevent ASB that was having a detrimental effect upon the locality and its communities. We have worked closely with our partners upon the use of this PSPO and recently upon its current relevance and that of any changes that appear necessary.
Work has been carried out on the potential content of a new PSPO containing some of the initial offences and a new offence to deal with today’s issues and we are required by law to consult upon such proposals.
For more information on the PSPO and new proposals please click here to view a copy of the proposals (alternatively please select the download on the right hand side of the screen).
To take part in the consultation, please click here to complete the survey This consultation will close at 23:59pm on the 25th July 2022.