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FAQs: Antisocial behaviour PSPO

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What is anti-social behaviour?

This covers a wide range of unacceptable activities that causes harm to an individual, to either community or environment, which is causing or likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons.

Why is a Public Space Protection Order needed?

A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) is legislation that allows a Council to address particular nuisance or problem in a particular area that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life. The order works by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone. They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.   

When is the consultation taking place?

The consultation will start on Tuesday 11th Spetember 2018, and you will have until 11:59pm on Tuesday 9th October 2018 to take part.

How will the decision be made?

The survey responses will be analysed and the results reported back to the Council. There has already been a great deal of evidence gathered that has highlighted the impact on individuals and businesses of the types of incidents that the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) is trying to address. The final authorisation will be decided by Executive.

What are controlled drugs and psychoactive substances (Legal Highs)?

A ‘Controlled Drug’ is any substance or product for the time being specified in Part 1, 11, or 111 of Schedule 2 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971and Class A drug, Class B drug and Class C drug mean any of the substances and products for the time being specified respectively in Part 1, Part 11, and Part 111 of that Schedule.

In this Act 'psychoactive substance' means any substances which:

  • is capable of producing a psychoactive effect in a  person who consumes it; and
  • is not an exempted substance - Nitrous Oxide when used for recreational purposes is included within the act as a psychoactive substance.

Psychoactive substances contain one or more chemical substance which produces similar effects to illegal drugs. 

For the purpose of the PSA Act 2016 'psychoactive substance' does not include:

  • Controlled drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971
  • Medicinal products as defined by the Human Medicines Regulations 2012
  • Alcohol (ethyl alcohol)
  • Nicotine/tobacco
  • Food (item that is normally consumed as food and does not contain a prohibited ingredient
  • Alkyl nitrates (poppers)

Does the prohibition on drugs/psychoactive substances include those persons who are on prescription medicines?

No, where there is a recognised prescription for that person then the prohibition will not be enforced.

How is the Public Space Protection Order going to be enforced?

There will be an enforcement protocol in place that will provide guidance to those authorised to enforce the PSPO, including words of advice and a leaflet explaining the consequences of failing to comply with the Order.

How long will the Order last for? 

The Order will last for a period of 3 years, but it may be extended in due course. There is a statutory consultation process that we have to follow if we propose to vary this Order, to extend it, or to make any additional Orders.

Where do I go for more information?

We are holding drop-in sessions at the Customer Service Centre on the following dates between 9am - 12pm so that you can speak to us directly:

  • Wednesday 12th September
  • Tuesday 18th September
  • Friday 21st September
  • Tuesday 25th September
  • Thursday 27th September
  • Tuesday 2nd October
  • Thursday 4th October
  • Tuesday 9th October

Contact Details

Ipswich Borough Council,
Grafton House,
15-17 Russell Road,
Ipswich,
IP1 2DE

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01473 432000