Public Spaces Protection Order - smoking on the grounds of Civic Centre

Closed consultation
Start date:
16 February 2024
Closing date:
08 March 2024

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A PSPO is intended to deal with behaviours and problems that are considered to be detrimental to the local community’s quality of life. It imposes prohibitions or restrictions on the use of that public place to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour. This will ensure that most people can enjoy public spaces.

A breach of a requirement in a PSPO is a criminal offence which can result in a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of up to a maximum of £100, or a fine of up to £1,000 if prosecuted. The Council and the Police are authorised under the Act to enforce PSPOs.

We asked for your views on a proposal to introduce a PSPO to tackle the following antisocial behaviour: Smoking on Council grounds outside the Civic Centre. Non-Smokers have to walk through areas where people are smoking, subject to secondhand smoke. This also occurs around the seating areas and cycle stand.

We provided the draft legal wording for the proposed PSPO (PDF) for consideration and a reference to find out more about PSPOs (PDF).

Who could participate

We asked for the views of residents and those who visit or work at the Civic Centre.

How you shared your views

Questionnaire and email.

Closing date

The closing date for responses is 8 March 2024 (11.59pm).

Further information

If you have any queries about this consultation, please email

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