Protecting public spaces


We have adopted a public space protection order (PSPO) to prevent individuals or groups of people committing anti-social behaviour in public spaces. The PSPO imposes restrictions on the use of the public area.

Our PSPO covers the area of Hinckley and Bosworth (the administration area of the authority) and imposes restrictions on open public recreational spaces that is owned or maintained by Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council (authority park) and land owned or managed by the following parish councils:

  • Bagworth & Thornton
  • Markfield
  • Newbold Verdon
  • Peckleton
  • Ratby
  • Sheepy
  • Stanton Under Bardon
  • Twycross
  • Witherley

What is a PSPO?

A PSPO deals with the particular issues below which are detrimental to the quality of life in a defined area (Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014).

In all public areas throughout the borough the PSPO will:

  • Ban dog fouling
  • Outline the offences involving intoxicating substances:
    • Ban consumption of alcohol, replacing the ‘No drinking’ order
    • Ban the use of psychoactive substances

In our parks and open spaces the PSPO will:

When was the PSPO introduced?

Our first PSPO was introduced on 8 December 2016 and our current PSPO, The Public Spaces Protection Order (Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council) 2020, was introduced on 20 May 2020.

How will this be enforced?

Breaching a PSPO is a criminal offence. Police and authorised officers of the authority* can seize intoxicating substances (where applicable) and issue fixed penalty notices up to £100. The case may be taken to court where there will be a maximum penalty of £1000.

*An authorised officer of the council means an employee, partnership agency, contractor or partnering council which is authorised in writing by Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council for the purposes of giving directions under our PSPO.


Our PSPO was introduced following a borough wide consultation with the majority of responses being in favour for the introduction and enforcement of the PSPO. Our first consultation took place in 2016 and our current PSPO was introduced following a borough wide consultation on 2019. Please complete our Streetscene contact form if you would like to receive more information on these consultations.

Further information

List of open spaces within the PSPO

If you would like a copy of our PSPO please complete our Streetscene contact form

Last updated: 25/06/2020 12:31