Draft Public Space Protection Order: Stour Parks and Gorrell Valley
Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) were introduced to tackle nuisance behaviour that affects the quality of life for other people.
Including an activity in a PSPO effectively bans people from that activity in the area covered by the PSPO. Police officers and Canterbury City Council enforcement officers would have the power to remove and dispose of items and issue an on-the-spot fixed penalty notice of up to £100.
The council is proposing to introduce a new PSPO which would apply in the Stour Parks and Gorrell Valley areas shown on the maps below:
Map 1: Stour Parks (Canterbury)
Map 2: Stour Parks (Canterbury towards Chartham)
Map 3: Gorrell Valley
Among other things, the activities that are proposed to be included in the PSPO include:
lighting or fuelling any open fire
using, lighting or discarding any barbecue
removing, disturbing or interfering with any wildlife
There are also two different options proposed for glass bottles. One option could be to ban people littering, discarding or breaking glass bottles, or the other option could be to ban people being in possession of any glass bottle believed to contain alcohol (other than when sealed and in transit). We’re keen to hear which, if either, of these options you would prefer to be included in the PSPO.
We want to know what you think about these proposals and why. If you have evidence of any of the activities being a problem, please tell us about it - this is really important, as it can only be included in a PSPO if we can prove that:
it is having, or is likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality
the impact of the activity is persistent or continuing