In 2014 legislation was introduced that gave Local Authorities the power to introduce Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO). In essence, PSPO are 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 in an attempt to prevent the enjoyment of a picnic in a park, an HGV parking overnight and having a relaxing drink on a hot summers day. 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.
Concerns Over Profits
There is concern about some companies brought in to police PSPO. Kingdom Security, which recorded profits of £9m last year, is currently tasked with handing out fines across Flintshire, Wrexham, Conwy, Denbighshire and Anglesey.
But despite accusations that staff are given incentives to dish out as many fines as possible, the firm says that bonuses “are not solely” linked to the volume of fixed penalties.
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 email@example.com if you are able to assist in any of the above. Including your phone number can be helpful.
- Donations – Modest donations to cover my travel costs are appreciated.