In 2014 legislation was introduced that gave Local Authorities the power to introduce Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO). In essence, PSPO is about raising revenue and an attempt by the Government to appease middle England into believing that they are being tough on crime despite the UK Austerity Programme that resulted in Police funding cuts.
In truth, PSPO are proving to be used to erode the civil liberties of citizens. They are being used to persecute the homeless, prevent cycling in a Town Centre, curtail the enjoyment of a picnic in a park and stop an HGV parking overnight. Ironically many PSPO are unenforceable for various reasons.
While legislation is introduced by Parliament and Byelaws are approved by Central Government a PSPO is subject to none of this.
Although the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 states two conditions (see above) that must be met there are many examples when this fails to happen.
I am currently challenging unlawful PSPO across the country. For further information click on links below.
I have successfully challenged major parking restrictions introduced by the Highlands Council, Scarborough Borough Council and Lincolnshire County Council. Between 2016 and 2019 I was an Independent East Riding of Yorkshire Council Councillor.
This has given me the required knowledge to expose and challenge inappropriate PSPO. But to do this I will need support across Yorkshire and the neighbouring Counties.
- Circulate Via Social Media – I invite everyone to request to go onto a mailing list to enable the extensive circulation of activities.
- Overnight Parking – Those with vehicles can take part in direct action against PSPO for overnight parking
- Information – Share information with me regards any PSPO that you believe require challenging. Always take photos.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to assist in any of the above. Including your phone number can be helpful.
Donations – Any donations to assist with my costs would be appreciated. The cost of a cup of coffee or gallon of petrol added together all helps.