Proposal to implement a Public Spaces Protection Order

Cheltenham Borough Council is consulting on a proposal to implement a new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for Town Centre East car park, Grosvenor Terrace.

The new PSPO will relate to restrictions on the appropriate and proper use of the car park as a public space and in addition will impose restrictions on smoking and use of other associated products within its boundary. This new PSPO will run parallel to the existing Public Spaces (Cheltenham) Order - 2020 which outlines prohibition of alcohol consumption and obligations on persons with dogs.

Once approved, the proposed PSPO will be in place for a period of three years.

This consultation will run until midnight on 18 June 2021. Please see below for further information and how to respond with your views.

Justification for implementation of PSPO

The council proposes that the implementation and approval of this PSPO is necessary to prevent anti-social behaviour, crime and associated activities occurring within Town Centre East car park, whilst also enforcing proper and appropriate use of the public space. The prohibitions proposed will prevent the use of bicycles, scooters (including motorised), skateboards, hover boards and roller blades (skates). It shall also prevent the smoking of tobacco and other tobacco related products (including electronic cigarettes), herbal cigarettes or any other illegal substance (further information will be supplied detailing psychoactive substances). Furthermore, it is proposed that Town Centre East car park shall only be used for the purposes of parking a motor vehicle, motorbike or moped.

The implementation of a PSPO is an effective deterrent and is a tool for council and police officers, where necessary, to take enforcement action. Without the PSPO, there would not be an effective long-term solution for the prevention or management of these issues.

Complaint data received by both Cheltenham Borough Council and Gloucestershire Constabulary for the period of January 2018 to January 2021 demonstrates the need for this Order:

Anti-social behaviour and crime data:

  • 19 Incidents of anti-social behaviour have been recorded by the council. These incidents involve the following activities: Graffiti, rough sleeping, urination and defaecation, drug paraphernalia, smoking of legal and illegal substances and the throwing of items from the upper levels of the building.
  • 80 incidents of anti-social behaviour have been recorded by Gloucestershire Constabulary in relation to Town Centre East car park and the surrounding areas of Grosvenor Place and Grosvenor Place South. The incidents recorded involved the following activities: Noise, riding of skateboards/roller blades/bikes, youths, rough sleeping, drug use, urination and defecation and drug paraphernalia.

How to participate

If you wish to respond to the consultation with your views about whether this PSPO and its conditions should be approved for a three year period, you can do so by:

  • Sending us an email at: pspo-consultations@cheltenham.gov.uk
  • Contacting us in writing: FAO The Neighbourhood Team, Cheltenham Borough Council, Municipal Offices, Promenade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 9SA.

Please submit your response by midnight on 18 June 2021. 

Consultation responses will be summarised on this website and will be considered by the council in its determination of whether or not to approve this PSPO.

If the PSPO is approved, the council will look to improve signage in and around Town Centre East car park to ensure it is understood and adhered to. The council’s duly authorised officers will monitor the car park to enforce the order by fixed penalty notice, where appropriate to any person breaching the condition. The current fixed penalty notice amount for breach of a PSPO is £100.00, reduced to £80.00 if payment is received within 10 days of issue.

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