Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs)

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) were brought in under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which came into force on 20 October 2014.

PSPOs specify an area where activities are taking place that are or may likely be detrimental to the local community's quality of life. PSPOs impose conditions or restrictions on people using that area, such as alcohol bans or putting up gates.

The council can make a PSPO if it believes the activities are detrimental to the local community and that the negative impact is so much to make the restrictions reasonable.

Breach of a PSPO may be a criminal offence punishable by fixed penalty notice or prosecution.

PSPOs replace Gating Orders under section 129A of the Highways Act 1980.

Public Spaces Protection Orders

Chancery Lane

Huntingdon Walk / Newton Walk area

Cawdor Court Area

Alders Lane

Alley Gating

Alley gating is a simple crime prevention method which involves the installation of lockable gates to the end of alleyways, ginnels or back streets.
Burglars often access a home though the rear of the property, using alleyways as a means to go unnoticed by neighbours or passers-by, or as an ideal escape route to leave the scene of a crime without being seen. By placing a physical deterrent in the way, such as an alley gate, the risk of detection for a potential offender is increased.

To make a request for the council to consider gating an alleyway, please get in touch with us using the details on the contact tab.

Once a request has been received a successful closure will depend on a number of factors:

  • The level of crime or anti-social behaviour as a result of an alleyway (evidence collected by Greater Manchester Police)
  • The highway status of the alleyway (public highways require more formal procedures)
  • Whether any objections are received to the closure (we will consult key people from the local area)
  • Availability of funding

Other benefits to restricting the access to back alleys include:

  • Reducing anti-social behaviour and arson attempts
  • Reducing fly tipping and litter
  • Providing safer play areas for children
  • Improved community spirit provided through a sense of ownership
  • Reducing fear of crime, leaving residents feeling safer in their own home and neighbourhood

Alley gating orders in force

Details of all alley gating orders in force in Bolton can be viewed by year of implementation here

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