Public Spaces Protection Orders

Information on the Orders in force

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular area that is detrimental to the local community's quality of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone. They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour. Watford currently has two Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) in place.

1. Albert Road South, has of the 20th December 2017 a Public Spaces Protection Order, (PSPO) in place, to prohibit non-commercial vehicles from entering Albert Road South between the hours of 21.00 and 04.00 on Friday, Saturday and Monday nights to allow continued management of the night time economy and support the police dispersal plan. The Order prevents members of the public from driving into and parking up in Sainsbury’s car park, Albert Road South, on the evenings and times identified above. It will also provide prevention against plying for hire by private hire vehicles from entering the area unless pre- booked. The operation of the order will be made by police. The order does not affect residents of Albert Road South or the deliveries to the business needing use of, Gaumont Approach, Service Road - see map.

Any interested person may make challenge to this PSPO via the High Court by virtue of section 66 or 67(3), part 4 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.  An interested person is someone who lives in, regularly works in, or visits the restricted area. Formal objection need be made to the High Court by 31st January 2018.

2. A PSPO exists preventing the consumption of alcohol in public spaces. The order is in force 24hrs a day. A map is available showing the area which is covered by this order. The order applies to all public areas within the bounds of the order as defined by the map. This includes  all public parks, play areas, cemeteries, footpaths and any area to which the public have access within the open air within the prescribed area. The order replaces the previous Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) formally known as ’no drinking on the street area’. The PSPO makes it an offence to fail to cease the consumption of alcohol within the prescribed area when asked to by a police officer, police community support officer or accredited officer. The order also makes it an offence to fail to surrender any container of alcohol when requested to do so by a police officer, police community support officer or accredited officer. Failure to comply with either request can lead to the issuing of a notice for disorder or court summons and a maximum fine of £500. The area defined is marked by signs. The order will be in force until October 2020.

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