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Renewal of Public Spaces Protection Orders

Published: 14/10/2020

When they meet on 20 October, Cabinet members will be asked to approve the extension of two Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) for dog control and for alcohol control.

Earlier this year, Cabinet agreed to a consultation on these PSPOs to gain views on extending them for a further three years when they expire later this month.

PSPOs are intended to prevent anti-social behaviour in a public area.   They cannot be in place for a period of more than three years, but they can be extended or varied if legal requirements are met.

The consultations took place between 3 August and 4 September.  The results of the consultation on dog control showed that the majority of participants supported the continuation of the PSPO – we received 66 responses received, of which 64% were dog owners.  There are some exceptions to this PSPO, for example guide dogs.

Again, the results of the alcohol control PSPO consultation overwhelmingly supported the extension of this PSPO – we received 34 responses.

Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Public Protection, Councillor Chris Bithell, said:

“Following review of all consultation feedback it is recommended that both PSPOs be renewed for a further three year period, starting from October 2020, with existing restrictions continuing.”

Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Countryside, Councillor Carolyn Thomas, said:

“We are recommending that Streetscene undertakes a full review of current signage for the dog control PSPO, at all locations, to ensure they are complete and accurate.  Where it needs updating, we will do this as quickly as possible and no enforcement action will be taken until the new signage is in place.”