Reasons for Change

There is an existing Public Spaces Protection Order in Daventry Town, which was converted from the pre-existing Designated Public Places Order in 2017. A new Public Spaces Protection Order is now needed to replace the current Public Spaces Protection Order (Daventry District Council) which expires on 31 October 2020.

Background to Consultation

In October 2014 the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 introduced new powers to tackle Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB). The Act replaced existing legislation and councils were required to review existing Orders and replace them with Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs). PSPOs can be used to regulate activities in public places that have a “detrimental effect on the local community”. They provide local councils and the police with additional powers to tackle ASB.

In 2017 an existing Designated Public Places Order on the town centre became a Public Spaces Protection Order.

The Council’s existing Public Spaces Protection Order makes it an offence if a person fails to:
  • Surrender alcohol in his or her possession when asked to do so by a police officer, police community support officer, or authorised person. 
Despite continued issues the above law is generally regarded as having been a success in reducing a culture of street drinking.  

As mentioned above the council is keen to continue with the current order for another 3 year period but wishes to gauge the level of public support for creating additional powers to the PSPO to help tackle other elements of Anti-Social Behaviour in Daventry.

It is proposed the following offences be added into the PSPO:
  • Continuing to ride a bicycle when asked to stop by a police officer, police community support officer, or authorised council officer.
  • Continuing to busk when asked to stop by a police officer, police community support officer, or authorised council officer.
  • Continuing to park a vehicle or vehicles in a manner which causes harassment alarm or distress, when asked to stop by a police officer, police community support officer, or authorised council officer.
  • Continuing to run the engine of a parked vehicle when asked to stop by a police officer, police community support officer, or authorised council officer.
  • Behaving antisocially outside of a school when asked to stop by a police officer, police community support officer, or authorised council officer.
If an offence is committed there will be a range of sanctions including fixed penalty notice or seizure of items. 




Please read.

The 12 week consultation period commences on 14th February 2020 and closes at midnight on 08th May 2020. 

Please note that you need to be aged 16 or over to take part in this survey.

Some questions ask you to write your comments in a box

If there are any questions that you do not wish to answer, please feel free to leave them blank

Completing the questionnaire is voluntary and all the information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. No information will be released that could identify an individual or organisation.

This survey will only  be used to inform the establishment of a new Public Spaces Protection Order for Daventry Town as described previously.

Please view the Council’s Information Charter (https://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/business/freedom-of-information/information-charter/) and Privacy Policy (https://www.daventrydc.gov.uk/business/freedom-of-information/how-to-make-a-request/privacy-policy-2018/)  for more details about how the Council looks after your personal information.

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How your views will be used

The outcome of the public consultation will be considered by the Full Council in the Spring/Summer 2020 when the proposal for a new PSPO will be discussed.

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* 1. Reflecting on the last 12 months, and your time spent within Daventry which of the following, if any, applies to you? Please select all that apply.

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* 2. Do you agree that the following current requirement should be retained as an offence within a new Public Spaces Protection Order?
Failure to surrender alcohol in his or her possession when asked to do so by a police officer, police community support officer, or authorised person. 

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* 3. Bicycles and wheeled non motorised vehicles
Over the last few years, the police and council have received complaints about young people on bikes taking part in “bike stormz”. This is an activity in which young people ride their bikes in large groups in roads, car parks and on pavements with a detrimental effect on other users. 

Continuing to use a bicycle or other wheeled non motorised vehicle when asked to stop by a police officer, police community support officer, or authorised council officer.

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* 4. The Council and Police have received complaints about busking in the town centre. These include inappropriate behaviour towards members of the public, inappropriate choice of songs and inappropriate locations for busking.

In order to encourage compliance, signage would be deployed in the Town Centre to discourage inappropriate behaviour when busking.

Do you agree that continuing to busk when asked to stop by a police officer, police community support officer, or authorised council officer should be an offence?

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* 5. Parking vehicles

The Council and Police have received complaints of Anti Social parking in the town but also on some estates to a detrimental effect of other users. This does not include obstruction, which is already an offence. The issues we wish to address are around parking in a way which causes harassment, alarm or distress.

Do you agree that continuing to park in an Anti-Social manner when asked not to by a police officer, police community support officer, or authorised council officer should be an offence?

 

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* 6. Continuing to run the engine of a parked vehicle when asked to stop by a police officer, police community support officer, or authorised council officer.

Do you agree that continuing to run the engine of a parked vehicle when asked to stop by a police officer, police community support officer, or authorised council officer should be an offence?

 

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* 7. Behaving Anti-Socially outside of a school

Do you agree that behaving in an Anti-Social manner outside of a school when asked not to by a police officer, police community support officer, or authorised council officer should be an offence? 

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* 8. Expanding the PSPO area
When discussing the boundary of the PSPO with partners it was suggested we cover other green spaces across the town; it is considered more effective to cover the whole of the town of Daventry, rather than just the town centre and some green spaces, therefore it is proposed that we expand the PSPO to cover the whole of the town of Daventry rather than just the Town Centre.

Do you agree that we should consider expanding the PSPO to cover the whole of Daventry?

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* 9. Delegation of Enforcement Powers
Council Officers and the Police work hard to try and enforce the legislation and we have had some notable success with the use of fixed penalty notices. 
 
To enable us to have more opportunity of successfully enforcing the requirements of the PSPO and any new PSPO made following this consultation, we are proposing that we supplement the council’s resources by authorising appropriate individuals from the town council. Any authorisation would include training and authorised individuals would carry identification and follow our published enforcement policy and any guidelines provided.

Do you agree that we should consider authorising members of other organisations, such as the town council, to be able to issue Fixed Penalty Notices for matters which may be covered in the Public Space Protection Order mentioned above?

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* 10. About you

Completing this section is voluntary and all the information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. No information will be released that could identify an individual or organisation.

Please let us know your gender

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* 11. Which age group do you belong to?

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* 12. Do you have a long-term illness or disability which limits your daily activities?

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* 13. Please provide your home postcode

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