Consultation on public spaces protection orders

Between Friday 14 July and Friday 8 September 2017 we carried out public consultations into proposed Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) in Lewes District and Eastbourne.

Public spaces protection orders (PSPO) are something councils can put in place to protect the community from anti-social behaviour. They put conditions or restrictions on what people can do within a specific area if there is evidence to suggest that a problem exists. Breaching a PSPO can be a criminal offence punishable by a fine or prosecution.

We reviewed our existing orders to make sure they meet the requirements set out in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act (2014).

The proposals we consulted over included the Dog Fouling and Consumption of Alcohol orders.

Key findings from the consultation

  • 73% of respondents said they had witnessed dog fouling in Lewes district.

  • 76% of respondents said they had witnessed an individual drinking alcohol in a public place and behaving in an anti-social way.

  • 52% of respondents think that the proposed Dog Fouling order would help tackle dog fouling in Lewes district.

  • 74% of respondents agree with the boundary of the proposed Dog Fouling order.

  • 65% of respondents think that the proposed Consumption of Alcohol order will help tackle alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in Lewes Town.

  • 59% of respondents agree with the boundary of the proposed Consumption of Alcohol order.

The full consultation report which includes a summary of feedback received can be downloaded below.

Next steps

Feedback from this consultation was taken to the Director of Service Delivery for consideration when making the decision on the final orders.

Decisions made following the consultation

The Director of Service Delivery has confirmed that, having had full regard to the public consultation feedback, the proposed orders would be enacted and communicated to residents.

The proposals we consulted over included changes to the scope of Dog Ban and Dog on Lead Orders.

Key findings from the consultation

  • 1,211 people responded to the consultation.

  • Five responses were from organisations and community groups.

  • The largest proportion of responses were received from people living in Old Town (Downside, Motcombe and Ocklynge) 23.52%, and Sovereign (Langney Point, North Harbour, South Harbour) 15.26%.

  • 73% of respondents disagreed with the proposal to introduce a Dog Ban order on the beaches between the Wish Tower and Holywell Café from May 1 to September 30.

  • 83% of respondents agreed with the proposal to add the public walkways around Sovereign Harbour Marina all year round to the Dog on Lead order.

The full consultation report which includes a summary of feedback received can be downloaded below.

Next steps

The consultation report was submitted to the Lead Member for Community Safety and Director of Service Delivery for consideration when making the decision on whether the proposals should be included in the scope of the final orders and whether any other amendments should be made.

Decisions made following the consultation

The Director of Service Delivery, in consultation with the Lead Member has confirmed that, having had full regard to the public consultation feedback, the following orders would be authorised, to commence on 20th October 2017:

Dog on Lead PSPO

This is a combination of the council’s existing Dog Control Order for Dogs on Lead and the following addition:

  • The public walkways around Sovereign Harbour Marina all year round. 

Dog Ban PSPO

This is identical to the existing Dog Ban Dog Control Order. This PSPO shall not include the proposed amendment consulted on, namely the beaches between the Holywell Café and Wish Tower.

Following these decisions the final orders were enacted and communicated to residents.