Public Spaces Protection Orders

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) are orders that can be put in place to deal with a particular nuisance in a particular area that is affecting the quality of life for those in the local community.

Orders can apply to everyone, or to certain people, and can be restricted to specific times.

A PSPO can not last longer than 3 years, but can be renewed if necessary.

Failure to comply with any of the requirements set out in the order, can result in a fine, or fixed penalty notice.

Consultation on renewing the Parks and Sports Grounds PSPOs 

In 2017 we consulted residents on Public Spaces Protection Orders for Parks and Sports Grounds. The Orders came into force in January 2019 and lasted for 3 years. We now need to consult on renewing these Orders for another 3 years. 

Each PSPO is made up of:

  • prohibitions (things that are not allowed)
  • a schedule of locations
  • unique restrictions for each site, and
  • a schedule of restrictions based on the by-laws which used to apply to Parks and Sports Grounds  

We want you to comment on the current Orders before they are considered by our Council Committees. 

You might want to comment on a specific Park or Sports Ground or you might want to comment across the board. 

You may also want to propose new provisions or locations.  For new provisions or locations, we would need evidence that the behaviour we want to prevent is:

  • having or likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the area
  • persistent or continuing, and
  • unreasonable 

We will also need to show that what is included in a PSPO is reasonable and enforceable. Before you comment, you can:

We also want your comments on two new proposals that are being considered:

  • To add Blacko Park to the Parks PSPO. It would have a no dogs allowed provision, consistent with the current restriction agreed by Blacko Parish Council
  • To add a provision that it is an offence to fail to provide a name and address, or to give a false name and address, when asked by an authorised officer or someone working on behalf of the Council

The renewal and new proposals will go to the area committees and Policy and Resources Committee in January 2022.  

The deadline for comments is Friday 3 December 2021.  You can email your comments or phone 07969 885265. 

Public Spaces Protection Order for Alcohol Control

A new PSPO for Alcohol Control came into force on 20 October 2020. It will be reviewed in 2023.

View the Public Spaces Protection Order for Alcohol Control and where it applies 

The Order applies to town centres and some parks in Barnoldswick, Barrowford, Colne, Earby and Nelson.

The Order gives the Police the power to stop the consumption of alcohol in the restricted areas, and to seize the alcohol if they think their instructions won't be followed.

Our Public Spaces Protection Orders

We have 5 orders in force at the moment. Click on the titles for information about the orders:

If you have any questions please contact us