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Have your say on PSPO consultation

08 July 2024

Residents are being invited to have their say on plans to continue the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for the Millfield, New England, Eastfield and Embankment areas of Peterborough for a further three years. 

The PSPO was implemented in October 2021 for three years and the council is now seeking to extend it for a further three years. The authority is required to consult with the public over these plans and a consultation will start on Monday 8 July 2024 and close at 11.59pm on Sunday 4 August 2024 - this will be accessible on the council’s website, with hard copies available on request.

Once the consultation closes, responses will be considered before making a recommendation to the council’s Cabinet Member. If extended, the order will give the council and police additional powers, alongside other initiatives, dedicated to tackling crime and improving the quality of life for communities.

Rob Hill, Peterborough City Council's Service Director for Communities, said: “We are fully committed to working with partners, including the police, to keep members of the public safe and develop strong and sustainable communities, which PSPOs are helping us to achieve. We encourage residents in Millfield, New England, Eastfield and the Embankment areas to take part in this consultation, as well as businesses, community groups and people who work in the areas."

The PSPO includes several conditions aimed at preventing anti-social behaviour including no urination in a public place, no littering or spitting and orders street drinkers to surrender open alcohol cans or disperse from the area. Anyone caught breaching a condition can face fines of up to £1,000 or Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs).

The council is proposing no changes to the PSPO conditions, which resulted in 50 FPNs being issued for breaches of the order between October 2021 and March 2024 . The majority of the FPNs were issued for urination, defecation and alcohol-related breaches.

If you would like to have your say on the proposal to extend the Millfield, New England, Eastfield and Embankment PSPO, please go to the consultations page on the council’s website where you can find further information about the proposed order, the order area and complete a consultation survey online here.

Alternatively, paper copies can be requested by calling 01733 863853 or by emailing antisocialbehaviour@peterborough.gov.uk