Public Space Protection Orders
Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) came into force in Sandwell on 20 October 2017.
They cover the whole of Sandwell and a range of issues.
The PSPO requires a person in charge of a dog to:
- pick up the dog's mess
- put the dog on a lead when required to do so by an authorised officer (e.g. a council warden)
- not allow the dog to be on children's play areas, marked sporting areas, cemeteries, memorial parks or gardens of remembrance
If the person fails to comply with the PSPO, they face a £100 fixed penalty or prosecution with a maximum penalty of £1,000.
The PSPO enables council wardens and police who are concerned about anti-social behaviour, to:
- require a person not to drink alcohol (or what is believed to be alcohol) in a public place
- require a person to surrender the alcohol (or what is believed to be alcohol)
If the person fails to comply with the PSPO, they face a fixed penalty or prosecution with a maximum penalty of £500.
As of 20 October 2017, existing gating orders became PSPOs.