Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) Consultation

Closed 22 Jan 2018

Opened 1 Dec 2017

Feedback updated 28 May 2019

We asked

For views on whether or not Reading Borough Council should introduce a new Public Space Protection Order to tackle alcohol related nuisance, illegal mooring, taking drugs in public, motorbike nuisance, aggressive begging, problematic busking, public urination and defecation, littering, uncontrolled dogs and dog fouling.

You said

We received 685 responses to the consultation from residents, businesses and individuals who work and visit the town. A summary of the responses can be found in the Housing, Neighbourhoods and Leisure Committee report which was presented to the committee on March 14th 2018.

We did

The responses helped to inform the final recommendations to implement a new PSPO. The Housing, Neighbourhood and Leisure Committee approved recommendations to repeal the Street Drinking Restriction and Dog Control Orders, which are currently in place and introduce a new PSPO to include conditions to tackle alcohol related nuisance, aggressive begging, drug taking in public, public urination and defecation, litter, nuisance busking and dog fouling and control. Due to the responses from the consultation it was recommended that conditions relating to Motorbike Nuisance, Illegal Mooring and the number of dogs which can be walked by one person are not included in the Order. Amendments were also made to the wording of several conditions, which are set out in the committee report.

Results updated 28 May 2019



Overview of PSPOs

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Police and Crime Act 2014 introduced new powers on the 20th October 2014 for dealing with local neighbourhood issues. Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) were introduced as one of the tools and are designed to improve public safety in a defined area.

PSPOs have replaced powers to make Gating Orders, Designated Public Place Orders (street drinking restriction powers) and Dog Control Orders. In Reading, there are currently the following Orders in place:

  • 1 x Gating Order
  • 1 x Dog Control Order (Borough Wide)
  • 3 x Designated Public Place Orders covering 3 specific areas in Reading.


These current orders automatically converted into PSPOs in October 2017. However, in the context of the changing nature of anti-social behaviour in the public realm of Reading, it is appropriate to both review the necessity of the current provisions and assess the need to introduce new PSPOs to include conditions to tackle a wider variety of anti-social behaviour in Reading, therefore, the decision has been taken to consult on proposals to discharge the current orders and replace with a new PSPO, with conditions included to tackle the following issues:


Nuisance Busking

Dog control and fouling

Drug taking in a public place

Public Urination and Defecation

Street Drinking

Motorbike Nuisance

Illegal Mooring




Why your views matter

Why we are doing this

To seek the views of local residents, business and agencies in relation to the proposed conditions to include in the PSPO and the proposed area to be covered by the order.

What area will be covered:

Reading Borough area. 

What happens next


All comments received during the consultation period (27/11/17 – 22/01/18) will be considered and be used to inform the final Public Spaces Protection Order. 


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