The current Public Spaces Protection Order – Beechdale Estate was implemented from 1 June 2019 and expires 23.59 hours on 31 May 2022.
Walsall Council implemented a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) covering the Beechdale Estate on 1 June 2016. This was put in place as a means to tackle on going anti-social behaviour that was having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those who live and work in the locality. The order is there to ensure the law abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces safely, free from anti-social behaviour.
As the order had been in place for a three-year period, the council recently undertook a consultation exercise in relation to a proposed extension. Having considered the results of the consultation and other available evidence it has been decided to extend the order for a further three-year period to prevent the occurrence or reoccurrence of the behaviour it specifically prohibits. The extension of the order has the full support of West Midlands Police.
The order has been extended from 1 June 2019 to 11.59 hours on 31 May 2022.
Under the order the following specified things are prohibited in this restricted area:
- It is prohibited in a public place for any person to engage in activity which has a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality, including but not limited to any activity capable of causing nuisance or annoyance, verbal abuse, damage to property including graffiti or vandalism, littering, drug or alcohol related activity capable of causing nuisance or annoyance, violence or threats of violence.
- It is prohibited in a public place for any person to cause nuisance, annoyance, alarm or distress involving any vehicle including but not limited to cars, motorbikes, mini motos, push bikes, scooters and skateboards.
- It is prohibited in a public place for any person to cause nuisance or annoyance by playing any ball game including but not limited to those played in the street or car parks.
The order applies to all public spaces within the area restricted area and for 24 hours a day. Public spaces include the highway, public footpaths and public areas of land including communal car parks or grassed areas.
If you have any questions about the order you can contact the Community Protection Team on 01922 653060.
Breach of a Public Spaces Protection Order is a criminal offence for which an individual can be summoned to attend court and fined. Fixed Penalty Notices for £100 may also be issued to deal with a breach.