Public Spaces Protection Orders

Vehicle related anti-social behaviour

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Broadland District and South Norfolk Councils are consulting formally on proposed Public Spaces Protection Orders to tackle vehicle related anti-social behaviour and we welcome your views.

Why are we proposing Public Spaces Protection Orders to tackle vehicle related anti-social behaviour?

Broadland and South Norfolk are two of the safest places to live in the country, and our residents and visitors, to our market towns and villages, should feel safe in the expectation that everyone, whether they are residents, business owners or visitors, behave in a way that does not negatively affect others.

Unfortunately, across both districts, some residents have been reporting being disturbed regularly in the evenings and into the night, causing them to move indoors from their gardens, to keep doors and windows closed during warmer weather, having litter thrown onto their gardens or driveways or feeling unsafe in some areas due to gatherings of vehicles and people. 

We have also had reports from our retail parks and business outlets where vehicles are being used to intimidate other car park users, damaging surface areas and drivers and passengers dropping litter.

What is being proposed?

We have been working with the Police to identify the best way to use their powers in conjunction with police powers to reduce the impacts of the behaviour outlined above.

A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) provides an opportunity to set the standard of behaviour required in a locality and provide Police and Council enforcement officers with the opportunity to engage early when they believe behaviours may or will fall below that standard, rather than wait until they have.

Before making a PSPO, the Councils must consider the views of statutory partners including the wider community – it is, after all, the community that is most impacted by any poor standards of behaviour.

It is proposed that each Council makes a PSPO which covers their whole district but will operate between 6pm on Thursdays to 6am on Tuesdays – the reason for this is because these are the key times that reports of disturbance have been made to the Police and/or Councils. At this point, it would not be appropriate or proportionate for the PSPO’s to be operational 365 days per year, 24 hours per day.

A PSPO can be made to cover a period of up to three years and it is proposed that this would be the request made to the Councillors when they consider each application. A review of both PSPO’s, if made, would take place after 12 months, to look at whether the intervention has reduced the impact and whether the PSPO is still required.

Public consultation

Consultation letters have been sent to Norfolk Police, the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, Norfolk County Council Highways and every town and parish council clerk in both districts.

This is your opportunity to participate in the consultation. Please read the draft PSPO for your district before providing your views on the proposals.

View the Broadland and South Norfolk draft PSPO documents and maps of the districts.

Share your views by completing our short online survey
The consultation closes at 11:59pm on 29 September 2023.