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Public Spaces Protection Order

What is a Public Spaces Protection Order?

Consultation on cycling prohibition

Can you cycle in town at present?

PSPO Consultation - have your say

What is a Public Spaces Protection Order?

The Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is enacted under powers given by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.  PSPO's are designed to prevent anti-social behaviour in our communities such as issues on streets, parks, market places and retail parks. Mansfield's PSPO, prohibits certain types of acts which are anti-social and or of a nuisance nature  including, smoking of any kind in children's play areas, cycling through the pedestrianised town centre. It also asks certain acts of the community such as  dog owners having to ensure that they carry dog bags when out walking their dog and we can ask for them to prove this..

The Order which was enacted in August 2016, outlaws the use of and sale of certain drugs (formerly) known as "legal highs" as well as other anti-social behaviour, including urinating, defecating or spitting in a public place. Under the PSPO the powers also enable authorised council staff and police staff to:

  • Disperse groups if they are causing (or are likely to cause) nuisance, alarm, harassment or distress to any other person in the town centre
  • Order a person to dismount if they are cycling in the town centre
  • Order a person to cease drinking or hand over alcohol if they are behaving in an anti-social manner
  • Order a person to put a dog on a lead if the animal is causing or likely to cause a nuisance.

A copy of the PSPO can be viewed here. pdf icon PSPO 2016. [50Mb]

‚ÄčConsultation on cycling prohibition

Mansfield District Council carried out a consultation on the cycling prohibition offences within the original PSPO.   The outcome of this consultation led to a variation being made to the original PSPO. In August 2016 when the original PSPO was enacted, cycling was prohibited at all times in the specified pedestrianised zone of the town centre. Cycling is now only prohibited between the hours of 10am and 6pm, 7 days a week. The restricted area has also been reduced, making the town centre more accessible to two-wheel visitors.

A copy of the variation can be viewed here. pdf icon PSPO cycling variation [629kb]

Can you cycle in town at present?

There are areas of the town where cycling is permitted, and cyclists can cycle through the pedestrianised areas, so long as it is before 10am or after 6pm. Authorised officers, including police, PCSOs, community safety officers and other authorised council employees will clamp down on antisocial behaviour and irresponsible cycling in the town centre making it safer for pedestrians and visitors to the town. They have the authority to ask a cyclist to dismount in the pedestrianised zone during the restricted times and if the cyclist does not comply they are committing an offence, which may result in a ¬£100 Fixed Penalty Notice being issued.

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