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Public Spaces Protection Order - Walsall Town Centre

Public Spaces Protection Order – 3-Year Extension

Walsall Council implemented a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) covering parts of Walsall Town Centre on 28th September 2017. 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 3-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 3-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 28th September 2020 to 11.59 hours to 27th September 2023

Under the order the following specified things are prohibited in the restricted area:

  1. No person shall remain in a shop, betting office, or food outlet so as, without reasonable excuse, to cause harassment, alarm, or distress.
  2. No person shall remain at Walsall Market, shown hatched in blue on the map so as, without reasonable excuse, to cause harassment, alarm, or distress.
  3. No person without reasonable excuse shall in a public place use a hypodermic needle to inject themselves or another.
  4. No person shall, without reasonable excuse, throw down, drop or otherwise deposit and leave in any public place a hypodermic needle or other drug paraphernalia.
  5. No person shall beg in a manner so as to cause harassment alarm or distress.
  6. No person shall remain in a bus station, a bus shelter, at the cenotaph or in the doorway of any building so as, without reasonable excuse, to cause harassment, alarm, or distress.
  7. No person shall consume alcohol.
  8. No person shall consume any psychoactive substances.
  9. No person shall, except in a lavatory, urinate or defecate in a public place.

It is also ordered that the following specified things are done by persons carrying on specified activities in the restricted area.

  1. Any person in charge of a dog in a public place must keep the dog on a lead or otherwise under physical control at all times.  The provisions of this Order relating to the control of dogs do not apply to any person who is registered blind in accordance with section 29 of the National Assistance Act 1948, to any person who is deaf and in charge of a dog trained by Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and to any person suffering a disability and in charge of a dog trained by a charity to assist with them.

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.

View a map of the area

View a copy of the current sealed order 

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.

Walsall Community Protection Team are located at:
Civic Centre Zone 2H
Darwall Street
Walsall
WS1 1TP