Oxford city centre Public Spaces Protection Order

Published: Wednesday, 3rd February 2016

Oxford City Council’s city centre Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) came into effect on Monday, 1 February.

Councillor Dee Sinclair, Board Member for Crime, Community Safety and Licensing, said: “The PSPO is about creating a safe and welcoming city centre for residents, businesses and tourists.

“The PSPO can be very effective in stopping nuisance behaviour without needing to resort to legal remedies.  This is our hope and that it will improve the experience for people living in, working in and visiting Oxford.

“The PSPO is a responsive tool. If members of the public report an incident to us or the police, officers will investigate. If the behaviour is causing a nuisance, we will give advice to the person. If they then ignore the requests to stop the PSPO provides officers with the option to take enforcement action.”

The PSPO covers:

•       Aggressive begging including sitting near cash point machines

•       Inappropriate use of public toilets

•       Urination and defecation in public spaces

•       Cycling restrictions in Queen Street and Cornmarket Street 

•       Loud noise and obstruction of the highway by street entertainers

•       Illegal street trading

•       Alcohol consumption in a public place linked to anti-social behaviour

•       The control of dogs

Those who breach the PSPO will be asked to stop. If they ignore the requests of our Community Response officers, the police or City Centre Ambassadors, they could face a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice.