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Consultation on extending the duration of public spaces protection orders currently in force

In 2017 we consulted over proposed public places protection orders (PSPOs) in Lewes District and Eastbourne. This resulted in six PSPOs being put in place intended to prevent anti-social behaviour relating to dog ownership, such as dog fouling, and consumption of alcohol in streets.

What are public spaces protection orders?

PSPOs are measures 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 the persistent or continuing impact of the behaviour makes it unreasonable. Breaching a PSPO can be a criminal offence punishable by a fine or prosecution.

Current orders in Lewes district and Eastbourne

There are currently two orders in place in Lewes district intended to prevent:

  • consumption of alcohol in any street in Lewes town centre 
  • dog fouling in any public area of the district.

There are currently four orders in place in Eastbourne intended to prevent:

  • consumption of alcohol in any street in Eastbourne town centre
  • dog fouling in any public area of the borough
  • dogs being off the lead in certain areas of the borough either at all times or at certain times of the year
  • dogs entering specified areas of the borough either at all times or at certain times of the year.

Proposal to extend the duration of these orders

The current PSPOs were established in 2017 and last three years. They will cease to have effect on Friday 27 November 2020 unless extended before then.

We are proposing to extend the current six PSPOs on a like-for-like basis for a further three year period ending in November 2023.

Responding to this consultation

We have provided an online survey to gather feedback on the proposed extension of the current orders.

Online survey

How to request this information in a different language or format such as hard copy: lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/contact-us/alternative-formats-and-languages 

When to respond by

The closing date for responses is Tuesday 13 October 2020 at 5pm.