Give your views on Kettering’s Public Spaces Protection Order

Published: Monday, 7th January 2019

Kettering Borough Council is currently reviewing the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), which currently applies to Kettering Town Centre, and would like your views.

The current PSPO was granted in July 2016 for a period of three years, and an extension is now proposed for a further period of three years. There are no proposed changes to the Order or the geographical area, shown in the map at www.kettering.gov.uk/publicspacesprotectionorder.

Public Spaces Protection Orders were created by the 2014 Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act to deal with any nuisances or problems in a particular area that affects the local community’s quality of life. In July 2016 a PSPO covering Kettering Town Centre introduced the following restrictions:

  • Alcohol consumption on the street
  • Begging on the street
  • Charity collection without the Council’s permission
  • Use of skateboards and misuse of bikes/scooters (in areas around Market Place and Morrison’s – as shown in green on the map)
  • Foul and abusive language when causing offence
  • Under 18s staying after a request to leave from an authorised officer
  • Loitering/obstructing the highway
  • Using a car in an ant-social manner
  • Unauthorised distribution of leaflets
  • Anti-social parking

We want your views! Your feedback on extending the duration of the PSPO is very important to us. If you wish to take part in this process, please fill in our online survey at: www.kettering.gov.uk/publicspacesprotectionorder. Paper copies are also available at the Council Offices and the survey is open until Friday 15th February 2019.

Since the PSPO’s introduction in 2016, there have been 50 breaches, with 41 Fixed Penalty Notices and seven warning letters issued, including several FPN’s to the same individuals who repeatedly breached the PSPO. The Council prosecuted 14 offenders who failed to pay their fines, leading to them receiving a Criminal Behaviour Order. In 2018 six offenders were prosecuted for breaching their CBO, receiving fines and/or custodial sentences. The Council has also engaged with, referred and helped dozens of individuals who were homeless and required assistance.

Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said:

“The PSPO gives powers of enforcement to allow us to tackle the issues that are particularly relevant to Kettering town centre. The Council is looking to continue these measures to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve the quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors to the town.”

Cllr Mark Dearing, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, said:

 “We feel that the PSPO has been a success in Kettering and I would like to encourage local residents to take part in this consultation as we look to review it. This is about taking joint responsibility for our town centre, whilst also allowing people to enjoy it in the way in which they want.”