In October 2014 the Government implemented the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 which gives local authorities and police more effective powers to deal with anti-social behaviour. One of the powers is a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) which can be used to regulate activities in particular public places that can have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality.

Failure to comply with the PSPO could result in a person being issued with Fixed Penalty Notice (“FPN”) of up to £100 by a person authorised to do so by the Council or a Police Officer. Breach of the PSPO is in itself a criminal offence and any person found guilty doing so is liable on conviction in the Magistrates’ Court to a maximum currently £1,000 fine. If a person is issued with a FPN and fails to pay it, then it is likely that they will be prosecuted for the offence of breaching the PSPO.

It is up to each local authority to determine which behaviours they include in a PSPO providing those activities:-

a)  have had, or are likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality,
b)  are, or are likely to be, persistent or continuing in nature,
c)  are, or are likely to be, unreasonable and
d)  justify the restrictions imposed.

The Council made a PSPO on 1st April 2017 prohibiting certain behaviours in public places in Northampton or specific areas of the Borough. This Order will expire on 31st March 2020 and needs to be reviewed before the end of this 3 year term. As well as considering whether the current behaviours covered by the PSPO need to remain prohibited, we would also like to ask you to consider whether some other behaviours about which we receive complaints ought to be included within any further Order and we invite you to complete the following questionnaire.

This is your opportunity to have a say in how the Council tackles certain types of anti-social behaviour occurring within Northampton. Please feel free to answer any or all of the questions set out in this survey.

You’ll also need to look at the plans attached to the 2017 PSPO as Appendices 1, 1A and 1B.

For more information, or a paper copy of this questionnaire and the plans, please contact  01604 838592 or email pspo@northampton.gov.uk


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* 1. In what capacity are you responding? Please tick all that apply

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* 2. My postcode is

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* 3. Do you feel that consumption of alcohol in public places / street drinking in Northampton (see the area outlined in red in the plan, Appendix 1) leads to, or is likely to lead to, anti-social behaviour?

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* 4. Do you have any experience of encountering anti-social behaviour in Northampton that you believe was caused by consumption of alcohol in public places / street drinking?

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* 5. Do you feel that alcohol fuelled anti-social behaviour in public places in Northampton is, or is likely to be any or all of the following?

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* 6. Do you believe that continuing to prohibit consumption of alcohol in public places / street drinking would be justified in order to prevent anti-social behaviour? 
Please note that consumption of alcohol in public or “street drinking” is not a criminal offence under the current PSPO. It is currently a criminal offence to refuse a request from a police officer or an authorised council officer to stop drinking alcohol in a public place and / or to refuse to surrender any open containers of alcohol. This would continue to be the case under any future Order.

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* 7. Do you feel that drug use in public places in Northampton (see the area outlined in red on the plan at Appendix 1) leads to, or is likely to lead to, anti-social behaviour? 
For the purposes of questions 7, 8, 9 and 10, the Council describes drugs and what used to be called “legal highs” as “intoxicating substances”. It does not include tobacco or prescription medication. Ingesting, injecting or smoking any intoxicating substance is prohibited under the current PSPO.

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* 8. Do you have any experience of encountering anti-social behaviour in Northampton that you believe was caused by drug use in public?

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* 9. Do you feel that anti-social behaviour caused by drug use in public places in Northampton is, or is likely to be, any or all of the following?

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* 10. Do you believe that continuing to prohibit drug use in public places in Northampton would be justified in order to prevent anti-social behaviour?

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* 11. Do you feel that urination and / or defecating in public in Northampton is, or is likely to be, any or all of the following?   Please note that the current PSPO prohibits urinating or defecating in public in the whole Borough, as can be seen outlined in red on the plan marked Appendix 1.

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* 12. Do you think continuing to prohibit public urination and / or defecation in public in Northampton would be justified?

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* 13. Do you feel that begging in public in the areas edged in red on the plans marked as Appendices 1A and 1B is, or is likely to be, any or all of the following?

Please note that the current PSPO prohibits begging in public places in two specific areas only, rather than in the whole Borough. The location of these two areas can be found edged in red on the plans marked as Appendices 1A and 1B.

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* 14. Do you think continuing to prohibit begging in public in the same areas would be justified?

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* 15. Do you think that dog walkers failing to remove their dog's faeces from all public places in Northampton and disposing of them in a bin is, or is likely to be, any or all of the following?

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* 16. Do you think continuing to prohibit dog walkers from failing to remove their dog’s faeces from all public places in Northampton and requiring them to dispose of them in a bin would be justified?  The current PSPO requries dog walkers to remove any faeces (poo) left by their dog in any public place in Northampton, as outlined in red on the plan at Appendix 1.

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* 17. Do you think that dog walkers allowing their dogs to be off lead in public places in Northampton has, or is likely to have, any of the following?  The current PSPO requires dog walkers keep their dogs on a lead in specific places in Northampton (Town Centre, childrens play areas and cemeteries)

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* 19. The Council has received complaints about busking and performances of street entertainment, with or without amplified music and singing, in the areas outlined in red on the plans at Appendices 1A and 1B. This is not currently regulated at all by the Council. Do you think busking or performances of street entertainment are, or are likely to be, any of the following

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* 20. The Council has received suggestions that it should consider imposing a time limit on any person busking or performing street entertainment as set out in the previous question. Do you think this would be a good idea?

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* 21. If you think it would be a good idea, what time limit do you think would be appropriate?

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* 22. The Council has received complaints about cyclists riding on the pavement in the areas outlined in red on the plans at Appendices 1A and 1B. Do you think that this is, or is likely to have or be, any of the following?

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* 24. The Council has also received complaints about persons spitting in public places within the whole of Northampton (see plan at Appendix 1). Do you think that spitting in public places is, or is likely to be, any of the following?

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* 25. Do you think that prohibiting persons from spitting in any public place within Northampton would be justified?

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* 26. Do you have any other comments that you would like to add regarding any impact that the above activities may have had on you and your quality of life?

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* 27. Are there any other behaviours or activities that you have experienced and which you believe have a negative impact on you or quality of life?

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