Car Parks’ Public Space Protection Order

Colchester City Council has introduced a Public Space Protection Order within some of it’s car parks.

Following a public consultation, the PSPO  covers the following car parks and last for three years: Britannia, Butt Road, Middleborough, Napier Road, Priory Street, Sheepen Road, St Johns, St Marys and Vineyard Street.
The move follows complaints to both the Council and the Police from local residents and visitors about anti-social behaviour including:
  • Speeding and loud music playing from vehicles, causing a nuisance and distress
  • Persons gathering to consume alcohol, use drugs, defecating and urinating
  • Wilful damage to car parks and other property within the proposed restricted areas.
  • Persons have been using land for the unauthorised camping and human habitation.
The PSPO restricts the following activities:
  • Use of the designated areas for anything other than parking vehicles
  • Behaving in a manner that is likely to result in any member of the public being intimidated, harassed, alarmed or distressed
  • Consuming alcohol or using drugs, urinating or defecating within the designated areas
  • Use of the restricted areas for unauthorised camping or human habitation  
Failure without reasonable excuse to comply with the prohibitions or requirements imposed by the PSPO would qualify as a summary offence under Section 67 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. A person guilty of an offence under Section 67 is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding Level 3 on the standard scale.
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