Aylesbury Vale Parks and Open Spaces Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) consultation 2022

Closed 25 Jul 2022

Opened 27 Jun 2022

Overview

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We want to hear your views on our proposal to extend an existing Public Spaces Protection Order in parks / open spaces in the Aylesbury Vale area of Buckinghamshire.

We have a key role to play in helping make local places safe to live, visit and work in. Tackling anti-social behaviour continues to be a high priority for us and our partners.

Public Spaces Protection Orders are aimed at ensuring public spaces can be enjoyed free from anti-social behaviour. They provide us with legal powers to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a defined area.

It is key that we address and reduce these issues from occurring, by consulting with members of the public and other key stakeholders.

We want to hear from residents and organisations in the Aylesbury Vale area of Buckinghamshire as well as those who the visit parks or open spaces in Aylesbury Vale.

Information about Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs):

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Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a specific area that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life. This is achieved by imposing conditions on the use of that area, which apply to everyone.

Councils can use PSPOs to prohibit specified activities, and / or require certain things to be done by people engaged in particular activities, within a defined public area.

A single PSPO can be used to target a range of different anti-social behaviour issues. A PSPO can last for up to three years, after which it must be reviewed.

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PSPOs can be used to restrict a broad range of activities.

Under section 59 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, local authorities must be satisfied on reasonable grounds that the activity subject to an Order:

  • has a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality (or it is likely that activities will take place and have such an effect)
  • is (or is likely to be) persistent or continuing in nature
  • is (or is likely to be) unreasonable;
  • justifies the restrictions being imposed.

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Authorised officers from Buckinghamshire Council and the Police will be able to enforce the restrictions and requirements of a PSPO. This can include issuing Fixed Penalty Notices.

The Fixed Penalty Notice for a breach of a PSPO is £60 if paid within 10 days, and £100 if paid within 14 days.

Aylesbury Vale Parks and Open Spaces Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)

The Aylesbury Vale Parks and Open Spaces PSPO was introduced on 20 October 2017 to address anti-social behaviour in the public place.

The PSPO was varied on 9 September 2019 to address anti-social use of mechanically propelled vehicles in three of the parks / open spaces.

The PSPO addresses the following types of anti-social behaviour:

  1. The consumption of alcohol and anti-social behaviour associated with the consumption of alcohol, taking place in the public place
  2. The use of mechanically propelled vehicles in a way that has caused or may be capable of causing nuisance and / or annoyance anywhere within the public place

Anyone continuing to carry out any of the above activities in the restricted areas is committing an offence.

The areas of the PSPO are outlined below and in the the Aylesbury Vale Parks and Open Spaces PSPO document.

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The PSPO addresses alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in the following parks / open spaces:

  1. Alfred Rose Memorial Park
  2. Bateman Drive
  3. Bedgrove Park and Spinney
  4. Carlton Close
  5. Aylesbury Cemetery
  6. Dunsham Park
  7. The Coppice
  8. Cottesloe Open Space
  9. Denby Walk and Victoria Park
  10. Backwater Drive Open Space
  11. Edinburgh and Walton Court Playing Fields
  12. Walton Court Centre
  13. Elm Green
  14. Haddington Way
  15. Haydon Hill
  16. Riverside Walk
  17. Bowlers Field
  18. Oakfield Road
  19. Vale Park
  20. Somerville Way
  21. Simpson Place
  22. Waivers Way
  23. Whitehill

The PSPO addresses the anti-social use of mechanically propelled vehicles in the following parks / open spaces:

  1. Alfred Rose Memorial Park
  2. Bedgrove Park and Spinney
  3. Edinburgh and Walton Court Playing Fields

For full details and conditions of the Order, please see the Aylesbury Vale Parks and Open Spaces PSPO document (PDF 3.07MB).

The PSPO was extended for a further two years from 16 October 2020.

What we are proposing / consulting on

We are proposing to extend the Aylesbury Vale Parks and Open Spaces Public Spaces Protection Order for a further three years.

An extension is being proposed to prevent:

  • Occurrence or re-occurrence of the activities identified in the Order, or
  • An increase in the frequency or seriousness of the activities identified in the Order

If not extended, the Aylesbury Vale Parks and Open Spaces PSPO will expire on 15 October 2022.

We want to hear your views on how the PSPO is addressing anti-social behaviour in the area and whether you think the PSPO should be extended.

Related documents

Before you respond to this consultation, please have a look at the following document:

How to have your say

You can tell us your views in one of the following ways:

If you have any questions about this activity, please email us anti-social-behaviour@buckinghamshire.gov.uk or phone us on 0300 131 6000.

Please tell us your views by midnight on Monday 25 July 2022.

What happens next

We will review and consider the consultation responses.

The decision whether to extend the Aylesbury Vale Parks and Open Spaces Public Spaces Protection Order will be made before the end of October 2022.

Privacy

We will use the information you provide here only for this activity. We will store the information securely in line with data protection laws and will not share or publish any personal details. For more information about data and privacy, please see our Privacy Policy.

If you have questions about data and privacy, please email us on dataprotection@buckinghamshire.gov.uk. Or write to our Data Protection Officer at Buckinghamshire Council, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF.

Interests

  • Communities
  • Crime & community safety