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Public Spaces Protection Orders

Here you can find out about Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO).

Calderdale Council has a vision for 2024 that our borough should be a great place to live and to visit. Together with our partners we want to keep communities safe and protect our environment from harm.

Working together to keep communities safe and to protect the environment – everyone has a part to play

We work proactively (through the Community Safety Partnership) with partners such as:

  • West Yorkshire Police;
  • and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

    This is to prevent crime and disorder order and tackle the harm caused by anti-social behaviour (ASB).

This is critical for us to be able to deliver better outcomes from communities. So where there is a chance to stop the harm before it happens, we will act first. Such action includes the use of the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). This is made by local authorities by virtue of s75 Anti-Social Behaviour and Policing Act 2014.

A PSPO can prohibit certain behaviour/activity and require action to be taken in a defined area. At the moment, there are seven PSPOs in Calderdale.

  • The Moorland Fire Public Space Protection Order was implemented in June 2019. This was to protect our Moorland and upland areas by preventing the risk of fire.
  • Five PSPOs bring in restrictions on a person in charge of a dog(s). For example, not entering specific areas such as children playgrounds and failing to clean up after their dog.
  • The final order is about the consumption of alcohol in a public place or other designated area. This order allows Police and Wardens to require people to stop drinking and surrender their alcohol.

Please note: Our PSPOs expired on 16th June 2022, but it has been approved to extend them. 

The orders have been reviewed before the decision was taken.

These are the new changes that were proposed:

  • To prohibit the use of off-road vehicles on Calderdale Moorland area for recreation. Also, to extend the current designated area to take in some of Calderdale's beauty spots. This follows on from:
    • The success of the Moorland Fire PSPO;
    • and other issues on the moors that have been identified as having a detrimental effect to the public.
  • For our Dog Control PSPOs, we propose to bring in a requirement that:
    • A person in charge of a dog must have with them a means to pick up dog excrement;
    • and lawfully dispose of it.
  • The final variation we propose is to extend the area designated under the Alcohol Consumption PSPO. Currently, only built up areas and civil amenities such as parks are covered by this order. Due to alcohol related ASB and disorder in more rural areas, it is proposed to make this borough wide.

We consulted on these to hear the views of everyone at events held in May

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