Consultation on a proposed new Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) for public spaces in Yeovil

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) can blight the lives of people in their local communities, with those affected often feeling powerless to act. It has the potential to negatively affect the quality of life for residents, the experience for visitors and shoppers in the daytime economy and people trying to enjoy the night time economy in Yeovil town centre.

A Designated Public Place Order had been in place for a number of years and prohibited street drinking in parts of Yeovil Town Centre. In October 2016 this was automatically converted to a PSPO under The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. With the partnership work that occurs in the Town such as Yeovil One Team it was decided between the two main statutory authorities, South Somerset District Council and Avon and Somerset Police, that the area for the control and restriction of street drinking needed to be updated and that other antisocial activities should also be considered.

The proposed PSPOs are for:

  • Public drinking
  • Begging
  • Intimidation, alarm, harassment or distress
  • Urination and defaecation

The proposed PSPOs along with a red-line map of the area that is to be covered can be found below:

Having these PSPOs in place will provide the means to deal with these anti-social behaviours where they are  having, or are likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality, where the activities are persistent or continuing in nature; and where the behaviour is unreasonable.

PSPOs can be made for a maximum duration of up to three years and it is proposed that these be in place for the maximum term.

Officers of the Council and Police have worked through these proposed PSPOs and believe they are required in order to make Yeovil a safer and nicer place to live, work and visit.

The consultation period is for 12 weeks and so responses must be in by no later than 30th September 2018. The PSPOs are proposed to implemented soon after the end of the consultation period.  If you have any comments regarding the implementation of the PSPOs listed then please send them to communitysafety@southsomerset.gov.uk