As the Rother District Council Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) unlawfully targets the homeless it should be revoked with immediate effect.
In December 2017, the Home Office updated its guidance that now specifically states that PSPOs should not be used to target people based solely on the fact that someone is homeless or rough sleeping.
Rough sleepers are defined as people sleeping, about to bed down (sitting on/in or standing next to their bedding) or actually bedded down in the open air (such as on the streets, in tents, doorways, parks, bus shelters or encampments) etc.
“No persons, will sleep or deposit any materials used or intended to be used as bedding in any public places etc.”
Sussex Police/ East Sussex County Council
I have submitted a Freedom of Information request to both Sussex Police and East Sussex County Council for all information held in relation to the consultation for the The Public Spaces Protection Order (no. 2) Rother District Council.
This to include all reference to the Homeless especially in relation to the Government Guidance of December 2017 regards the Homeless in relation to PSPOs as the PSPO came into force on 29 November 2018
Rother District Council
To save resources I have requested and recommended that Rother District Council revoke the PSPO with immediate effect.