Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO's)

A number of areas within Aylesbury Vale are subject to Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs).

PSPOs were introduced under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 as a means to tackle anti-social behaviour.  They are designed to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a specific area that is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of the local community.  This is achieved by imposing conditions on the use of that area that apply to everyone.  They are intended to help ensure that the law abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.

Failure to comply with a prohibition or requirement within the order is an offence and a defendant can face a fine of up to £1000 (£500 for offences involving the consumption of alcohol) in the Magistrate’s Court. Breaches of the order can also be discharged by use of a fixed penalty notice, up to £100.  The Council has adopted an enforcement plan to discharge its duties in one of three ways: written warnings, fixed penalty notices and prosecution.  

PSPOs cannot be in effect for more than 3 years, unless they are formally extended.  An order can be extended for a further period of up to 3 years if the Council is satisfied on reasonable grounds that it is necessary to prevent occurrence, reoccurrence or an increase in the frequency or seriousness of the activities identified in the order.  PSPOs can be varied by increasing or decreasing the restricted area and by altering or removing a prohibition or requirement in the order, or adding a new one.  The Council may also decide to discharge a PSPO  if it is no longer considered necessary. 

The Council has PSPOs in place for the following areas in the Vale:

Aylesbury Town Centre
In the restricted area, see attached PSPO, any person who continues to carry out the following activities from which they are prohibited commits an offence:
 
1. Consuming alcohol or being in possession of an open container of alcohol.
2. Public urination or defecation.
3. General behaviour reasonably perceived to be intimidating and/or aggressive.
4. Failure of owner or person in control to remove dog faeces.
5. Parking without permission or authority on the public realm of Kingsbury and Market Square.
 
The order was first made on 11 November 2016 and was extended in November in 2019.
 

Buckingham Town Centre
In the restricted area, see attached PSPO, any person who fails to comply with an authorised officer or police constable’s request (a) not to consume or (b) to surrender alcohol in their possession commits an offence.

The order was automatically converted from a Designated Public Place Orders on 20 October 2017 and must be reviewed prior to its expiration in October 2020.

Winslow and Steeple Claydon

In the restricted areas, see attached PSPO, any person who fails to comply with an authorised officer or police constable’s request (a) not to consume or (b) to surrender alcohol in their possession commits an offence.

The order was automatically converted from a Designated Public Place Orders on 20 October 2017 and must be reviewed prior to its expiration in October 2020.

Parks and Open Spaces

In the restricted areas, see attached PSPO, any person who fails to comply with an authorised officer or police constable’s request (a) not to consume or (b) to surrender alcohol in their possession commits an offence.

The order was automatically converted from a Designated Public Place Orders on 20 October 2017 and must be reviewed prior to its expiration in October 2020.

The order was varied on 9 September 2019 to include an additional prohibition on the use of mechanically propelled vehicles in a way that has caused or may be capable of causing nuisance and/or annoyance in the specified restricted areas*.

 

Alfred Rose Memorial Park*

Walton Court Centre

Bateman Drive

Elm Green

Bedgrove Park and Spinney*

Haddington Way

Carlton Close

Haydon Hill

Aylesbury Cemetery

Riverside Walk

Dunsham Park

Bowlers Field

The Coppice

Oakfield Road

Cottesloe Open Space

Vale Park

Denby Walk and Victoria Park

Somerville Way

Blackwater Drive Open Space

Simpson Place

Edinburgh and Walton Court Playing Fields*

Waivers Way

 

Whitehill