Decision details

Public Space Protection Orders

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To brief Members on the process to implement a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) and seek approval to consult on the terms of PSPOs for the market towns of Breckland.


1)     That the Council proceed with the necessary consultation on the introduction of Public Space Protection Orders for the five market towns of Breckland;

2)     That the first round of consultation be in respect of Thetford town centre.

Reasons for the decision:

The consultation exercise will assist the Council in considering:

a)     If there are specific problems caused by particular ongoing activities, for example, street drinking, urination and defecation in the street.

b)     What action needs to be taken by agencies to address the problem.


As Thetford is the town with the highest incidence of anti-social behaviour it is recommended that this be the first area for consultation.

Alternative options considered:

1.     Do nothing.  This will mean that the existing DPPOs in the market towns will remain in place until 20 October 2017.  At this point they will automatically transfer to a PSPO.


2.     Carry out the consultation process as required by statute to enable the Council to ascertain and understand the types of complaints and issues that are being experienced by residents and visitors to our market towns and to gather evidence to support any future implementation of PSPOs.

Report author: Stephen James

Publication date: 23/03/2017

Date of decision: 21/03/2017

Decided at meeting: 21/03/2017 - Cabinet

Effective from: 31/03/2017

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