Public Spaces Protection Orders
Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) can be put in place by councils 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.
In November of 2017 we introduced two PSPOs relating to the Lewes district and four relating to the Eastbourne borough. These lasted for three years and, following a public consultation earlier in 2020, the council has extended the duration of these orders by three years. The new orders will be in place until November 2023.
Both the original PSPOs and the amended orders can be downloaded below.
Autumn 2023 Consultation
The PSPOs listed below that relate to dog fouling, dogs on leads, dog bans and consumption of alcohol are due to expire in November 2023.
From 18 September we will be consulting partner organisations and community groups on a proposal to renew the orders for another three years.
The closing date for this consultation is 13 October 2023. If you have any questions about this consultation please email email@example.com
PSPOs in the Lewes district
On 27 November 2017 two public spaces protection orders were introduced in Lewes district. These PSPOs have now been extended until November 2023.
Dog fouling - Lewes district public spaces protection order
This order means people must clear up after their dogs. The order applies to any land open to the public within Lewes district. Failure to do so could result in a maximum fine of £1000.
Consumption of alcohol - Lewes Town public spaces protection order
This order means anyone drinking in public and acting in an anti-social way in Lewes town can be asked to stop drinking or surrender any alcohol when requested by an authorised officer. Failure to do so could result in a maximum fine of £500.
PSPOs in Eastbourne
Prohibitions and Requirements
The orders require people within the restricted areas to:
- Keep their dogs on a lead
- Clear up after their dogs
- Not allow their dog to enter certain areas
- Stop drinking when requested to by an authorised officer
- Surrender any alcohol when requested to by an authorised officer
Failure without reasonable excuse to comply with the prohibitions and requirements imposed by these orders is a summary offence under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. An authorised officer, police officer or PCSO may issue a fixed penalty notice to anyone they have reason to believe has committed an offence in relation to this order.
Breach of a prohibition or requirement may result in a fixed penalty notice of up to £75 or fine of up to £1,000.
Eastbourne Dog on Lead PSPO
Applying all year round: Hampden Park, Hide Hollow Cemetery, Howard Square, Manor Gardens, Motcombe Gardens, Ocklynge Cemetery, Princes Park, Sovereign Harbour northern marina, Sovereign Harbour southern marina and Wilmington Square.
Applying along the entire seafront between 1 May and 30 September every year, but excluding the Western and Middle Parades:
Seafront - lower promenade between Holywell to Redoubt but excluding the Western and Middle Parades
Seafront - Redoubt to Wastewater Treatment works
Eastbourne Dog Fouling PSPO
This PSPO applies all year round
Eastbourne Dog Ban PSPO
Applying all year round:
- Devonshire Park
- The picnic area in Sovereign Park
- Applying in playgrounds in Eastbourne in the following areas all year round:
Applying playgrounds in Eastbourne in the following areas all year round: Archery, Avard Crescent, Bodiam Crescent, Canute Close, Chiltern Close, Edmund Close, Egbert Close, Garden Close, Gildredge Park, Hadlow Avenue, Hampden Park, Hartfield Square, Helen Gardens, Holly Place, Jerome Close, Macmillan Close, Mulberry Close, Oak Tree Lane, Old Town Recreation Ground, Palesgate Way, Princes Park, Priory Park, Roselands Recreation Ground, Samoa Way, Seaside Recreation Ground, Sevenoaks, Shinewater Park, Sovereign Park picnic area, Sovereign Skate Park, Tugwell Park Victoria Gardens and Wartling
Applying between 1 May and 30 September:
- The Beaches between the Pier and the Wish Tower
Eastbourne Public Consumption of Alcohol PSPO
Applying all year round
Anti-social driving PSPO
Following a public consultation in 2022, Eastbourne Borough Council has introduced a PSPO to tackle anti-social driving in Eastbourne.
The PSPO sets out a list of prohibited activities most commonly identified in reports of anti-social driving. These include the revving of engines, rapid acceleration, racing, excessive noise from vehicles, and off-road activity on public land.
As a result of the consultation the order will come into effect from 1 April to 31 October, each year, beginning in October 2022.
The order prohibits these activities in 'restricted areas' - locations where issues of anti-social driving have been reported most frequently.
From 27 November 2017 public spaces protection orders (PSPO) were put in place along the seafront and in a number of parks and open spaces across Eastbourne. These PSPOs have now been extended to November 2023.
Following a public consultation in 2017 the public walkways in Sovereign Harbour Marina were also added to the scope of the PSPOs.