Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) Consultation

Closed 22 Jan 2018

Opened 1 Dec 2017

Results expected 13 Feb 2018

Feedback expected 14 Mar 2018


´╗┐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 We Are Consulting

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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