Amendment to public spaces protection order - Consultation

Cheltenham Borough Council is consulting on an amendment to our current public spaces protection order (PSPO).

The current PSPO came into force on 26 April 2017.  It restricts the public consumption of alcohol in certain parts of the town and places a number of obligations on dog owners.

This amendment is to include a new prohibition on “ticket touting” during key horse racing events in Cheltenham, these being:

a) “The Festival” (March)

b) “The November Meeting” (November)

c) “The Showcase” (October)

Below you will find more information on PSPOs, information about how you can get involved in the consultation, what happens next, contact information for responsible officers and relevant documents associated with the consultation.

PSPOs: frequently asked questions

What is a PSPO?

A PSPO is designed to stop individuals or groups behaving anti-socially in a public space to protect the quality of life of those in the area.

What can be included in a PSPO?

In theory any activity or behaviour that is having, or is likely to have, a negative impact on the quality of life of those in a particular area, and is, or is likely to be, persistent or ongoing can be included in a PSPO.

It's up to us to decide what we want to include in the PSPO but it must be supported by evidence.

Why is the council proposing to include ticket touting in the PSPO?

Ticket touts are not a new phenomenon but with the increased popularity of horseracing events their numbers have increased around the town. The “touting” market has become more competitive and we have seen an increase in the number of people complaining about pushy and aggressive behaviour from sellers.

What are the penalties for breaching a PSPO requirement?

If the PSPO is adopted, any person who is found guilty of breaching the requirements of the PSPO can be fined up to £80 and/or prosecuted for an offence which could lead to a fine of up to £500.

How to respond

The consultation will be open for 6 weeks starting on Wednesday 22 November. 

All responses must be made in writing and be submitted by 23:59 on 5 January 2018.  Responses can be submitted in one of the following ways:

  1. By email to: licensing@cheltenham.gov.uk   
  2. In writing to: Licensing Section, Cheltenham Borough Council, Municipal Offices, Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 9SA
  3. Written responses can also be hand delivered to the Municipal Offices on the Promenade addressed to the Licensing Section

What happens next?

After the consultation has closed, officers will review the feedback received and decide what, if any, changes are to be made to the PSPO.  Officers will then report back to the managing director for place and economic development, environmental and regulatory services and the cabinet member for development and safety who will decide whether the amended PSPO should be adopted and when it should take effect from.

The report and subsequent decision will be published on our website.

Background documents

Other documents/resources