Public spaces protection orders (PSPO)

A public spaces protection order provides councils with a flexible power to put in place local restrictions to address various anti-social behaviour issues in public places. It covers specific nuisances in that particular space.

Orders can be enforced by a police officer, police community support officer and council officers.

A breach of the order is a criminal offence and can be dealt with through the issuing of a fixed penalty notice of up to £100, or a level 3 fine of £1,000 on prosecution.

Morecambe, West End, Heysham Barrows and Happy Mount Park PSPO

Lancaster City Council has been working with Lancashire Constabulary and other partners and has placed a PSPO on areas Morecambe, Heysham and Happy Mount Park in response to ongoing anti-social behaviour incidents.

The PSPO is for three years and runs until 2021.

Dog control PSPOs

In November 2020 a number of Public Space Protection Orders were approved that enabled the council to deal with issues such as dog fouling on our streets and parks, dogs and leads, and dogs out of control which can cause road traffic accidents, nuisance and aggression.

There are four PSPOs relating to dog control:

1. Removal of dog faeces (PDF)

This makes it an offence to fail to remove dog faeces on any land which is open to the air on at least one side and to which the public are entitled or permitted to have access. There is a blanket designation across the entire district.

2. Dog exclusion (PDF)

There are certain places where dogs could present particular risks and where it is prudent to ban them completely for all or part of the year. These are termed ‘dog-exclusion areas’ for the purposes of this PSPO.

This order makes it an offence to permit a dog to enter defined areas of land from which dogs are to be lawfully excluded, and applies to:

3. Dogs on leads under direction (PDF)

This order makes it an offence not to put and keep a dog on a lead when directed to do so by an officer authorised in writing by the council. This is intended to be used under exceptional circumstances where a dog is causing a nuisance. There is a blanket designation throughout the district, enabling this power to be used as necessary, for example when a dog is running around out of control during a sporting event, or where lots of children are playing.

4. Dogs on leads (PDF)

This makes it an offence not to keep a dog on a lead on defined areas of land. This applies to:

  • All public highways, footways and adjoining verges, including Morecambe Promenade, and pedestrianised areas
  • Car parks and public vehicle parking areas maintained by the council
  • Cemeteries and churchyards
  • Certain council parks and gardens

Last updated: 17 December 2020