Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Protecting Parks & Open Spaces

One of the annual invasions of Preston Park
From April this year new powers to deal with specific anti-social behaviour will start to be enforced in the following 12 parks and open spaces:-
  • The seafront including the A259 from Black Rock to Hove Lagoon.
  • The Greenway (adjacent to New England Quarter) 
  • Hollingbury Park 
  • Lawn Memorial Cemetery and adjacent land (Woodingdean) 
  • Preston Park 
  • Rottingdean Recreation Ground 
  • Sheepcote Valley and East Brighton Park 
  • St Helen's Park 
  • Stanmer Park 
  • Surrenden Field 
  • Waterhall 
  • Wild Park
These Public Space Protections Orders (PSPOs) were approved in July 2106 following a public consultation earlier in the year. The PSPOs remain in force for a maximum of three years.

The PSPOs cover anti-social activities in the areas including people living in vehicles and tents, driving on the grass, defecating, lighting fires and fly-tipping.

Where they apply, the PSPOs impose prohibitions on:
  • Occupying any vehicle, caravan, tent or other structure
  • Driving any vehicle on grass
  • Littering or fly tipping
  • Lighting or maintaining a fire
  • Defecating or urinating
On request by an authorised officer, police officer or PCSO, anyone challenged needs to:

  • remove any vehicle, caravan, tent or other structure within 12 hours
  • dispose of items as directed
  • permit a council, police or fire officer to extinguish a fire
  • provide a name, address and date of birth when required to do so by a council or police officer

Breaching a Public Space Protection Order is a criminal offence. and may result in a fixed penalty notice of up to £100 or prosecution and, on conviction, a fine of up to £1,000.

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