Decision details

City Centre Public Space Protection Order – APR23/CMDN/111

Decision Maker: Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Communication, Culture and Communities

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Decision request concerning the extension of the existing City Centre Public Space Protection Order for a further 3 years following consultation with statutory consultees, councillors, key interested parties and the public.

Reasons for the decision:

Given the continued number of Fixed Penalty Notices issued to enforce the current restrictions of the order, the current level of crime and ASB reported to the Police in this area and the support from statutory consultees, the public and interested parties; it is considered justified and proportionate to recommend the extension of the City Centre Public Spaces Protection Order for a further three years. 


Continuation of the City Centre Public Spaces Protection Order will directly enable the Local Authority and the Safer Peterborough Partnership achieve the objectives to ‘Keep our communities safe, cohesive and healthy’ and ‘Tackling anti-social behaviour.’ 


If re-implemented, the Public Spaces Protection Order will continue to provide more powers to authorised Council officers and the Police to tackle anti-social behaviour in the City Centre area, thus improving the quality of life for people who live, work and visit the City Centre. 


Alternative options considered:

Do nothing and let the existing City Centre Public Spaces Protection Order expire – this would have a detrimental impact on the quality of life for those who visit, live or work in the City Centre; would negatively impact on the city centre economy and reduce the public's confidence in the council.  


Without a Public Spaces Protection Order in the City the council would not have the justification to instruct individuals to cease their behaviour which is either causing or likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress to those who live, work or visit the city centre. Nor would officers have the authority to ask cyclists to dismount if they are riding in an unauthorised area or in a manner which is causing harassment, alarm or distress which can put pedestrians' safety at risk. 


Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:

There were none.

Background Documents:

There were none.

Publication date: 24/04/2023

Date of decision: 24/04/2023

Effective from: 28/04/2023

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