Introduction

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 grants local authorities the opportunity to introduce Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) as a way of tackling persistent or on-going nuisance identified in specific locations where it is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of the local community.

When used, a PSPO applies to everyone within a defined geographical area.  The conditions imposed make sure that public spaces can be used and enjoyed free from anti-social behaviour.  Failure to comply with the conditions of the Order can result in a fine or fixed penalty notice.

A PSPO can last no longer than 3 years but can be extended where it is appropriate to do so.

On 10 April 2017, Arun District Council enforced a PSPO within the district.  Details of the current Order can be found on the Council's website at www.arun.gov.uk/pspo.

This Order will expire in April 2020 and so public consultation is being undertaken to determine whether it should be renewed, amended, or discharged.  Your views are vital in making this decision.

SECTION 1: Tackling and reducing anti-social behaviour (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton)

This section of the survey is based specifically upon proposals for Littlehampton and Bognor Regis town centres. The proposals for these areas principally relate to tackling and reducing anti-social behaviour associated with street drinking:-

a). Alcohol Control - to have a complete ban on the consumption of alcohol within the Restricted Area (edged red) and allow authorised officers to confiscate open containers containing, or believed to contain, alcohol.

b). Prohibit behaviour which causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to a member or members of the public, including shouting and/or swearing.

c). To include the discretionary power for authorised officers to move on any people who are engaged in anti-social behaviour or who authorised officers reasonably believe may be likely to cause public nuisance.

d). Prohibit cycling within specified parts of the Restricted Area (edged blue).


Section 2: Tackling and reducing anti-social behaviour (Parks, Open Spaces and Foreshores).

This section of the survey is based on a further proposal to introduce a separate PSPO relating to some of the Council's parks and open spaces.  The proposals being considered are:-

a). To prohibit people from occupying and/or residing in a tent, vehicle or other structure for the purposes of camping.

b). Prohibit behaviour which causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to a member or members of the public, including shouting and/or swearing.

c). To restrict the drinking of alcohol when it is associated with nuisance behaviour; it is not an offence to drink alcohol in the designated parks and open spaces, but it is an offence not to comply with a request to stop drinking or surrender alcohol if requested to do so by an authorised officer.


Whether you live or work in the Arun district, we would like your thoughts and opinions about these proposed measures and the defined areas to which they are being considered.  The survey should take around 10 minutes to complete.

The period of consultation will run from midday on Tuesday 24 September 2019 and will close at midday on Thursday 24 October 2019.

Thank you for your participation.  Your views and the feedback given is important and valued.  The data will be analysed at the end of

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