Public Spaces Protection Order Review Consultation 2021

Closed 9 Mar 2021

Opened 12 Jan 2021


What is a Public Space Protection Order?

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) were introduced as part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and if used correctly allow local areas to counter unreasonable and persistent behaviour that affects the quality of life of its residents.

Anyone failing to meet a PSPO’s requirements can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £100 or a fine of up to £1,000 if prosecuted.

South Lakeland District Council’s PSPO webpages provide more information about such orders in the district and include maps showing where each existing PSPO is located.

A PSPO lasts up to 3 years and can then be renewed following review and consultation with the public and stakeholders.

Our existing PSPOs

The current PSPOs that came into force on 1st March 2018 replaced the previous dog control orders that expired in 2017 to prevent the activities identified.

Our current PSPO restrictions include:

  • limiting how many dogs can be walked by an owner to a maximum of 5
  • requiring dogs to be on a lead in a specific public area
  • requiring owners to pick up their dog’s faeces
  • preventing dogs from being in a certain place, eg a children’s play areas and sport pitches
  • dog walkers must carry the means to pick up after their dog has fouled
  • dogs on lead by direction of an authorised officer 

Why your views matter

The existing dog related PSPOs in South Lakeland are due to expire in 2021 and we are required to review them and consult the public and certain stakeholders before they are renewed.

In addition, we are consulting on a number of new PSPOs that are proposed due to recent complaints about anti social behaviour, some of which would restrict the lighting of barbeques and fires.

This consultation will run for 8 weeks and close at midnight on 9th March 2021 

This short survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete and all responses will be recorded and are anonymous.

What Happens Next

The results of the consultation will be used to decide which existing PSPO’s will be renewed and what the renewed orders will contain. It will also allow us to consider the evidence for making new PSPO’s and where these should be applied.

They will form the report to SLDC councillors for the approval to go forward.

The results of the consultation will also be put on the website and in South Lakeland News.

What happens next




  • South Lakeland


  • All residents


  • Parks and Open Spaces