Public Spaces Protection Order to impose fines of £100-£1000 on antisocial behaviours and litter

a picture of a group of houses in Hyde ParkHyde park is one of the areas to recive a Public Spaces Protection Order

Fireworks, loud music, street parties and litter should reduce as council plans to introduce Public Space Protection Orders in the north west areas of Leeds.

But local people are not convinced the orders are a good idea.

 A survey for more areas of North West Leeds, Hyde Park, Little London and Headingley is currently being carried out and is to end on 3rd November after which a PSPO will be implemented.

 “There has been a rise in noise complaints in recent years which is a strain on already stretched resources and damaging to our residents’ neighbourly relations.

“The little London and Woodhouse Councillor team are hopeful that this PSPO will make it easier to tackle antisocial behaviour, improve the cleanliness of our area and bring our communities together,” Councillor Kayleigh Brooks said.


Leeds City Council has introduced Public Spaces Protection Orders in 18 areas in order to reduce incidences of antisocial behaviour and littering.

To determine if an area needs a PSPO, the nature of the problem would have to be unreasonable, re-occurring or persistent or is likely to have an effect on residents’ quality of life.

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) aim to minimise anti-social behaviours such as drinking alcohol in public spaces, street parties, psychoactive substances and residents who leave household waste outside on the streets.

Melanie Robbins who lives in Burley said: “I personally think it’s a bad idea. There are far worse issues to be looking at than a bit of music and a few tipsy youngsters. They’ll out of it or run out of money soon.”

All these behaviours are deemed unhealthy and hazardous to residents’ health and getting such behaviour under control is the only way to ensure residents live in peace.

The PSPO has already been implemented in areas such as Wetherby, Harehills, Otley and Pudsey.

Police officers or council members who find anyone going against the rules of the PSPO will be fined £100 or a maximum fine of £1000.

“PSPOs have been used for exercising state control in public spaces so they should be considered very carefully. These spaces are public they belong to us and not the council or the universities or the developers. I am not a fan,” Simon Hall says.

‘Fireworks and litter

Overflowing bins, misplaced bins, alcohol bottles and cans are some of the common forms of litter around Hyde Park.

“Overflowing and displaced bins are responsibilities of the landlords to remind their tenants to empty and place the bins in the right areas.

“However, I understand that some landlords are good and it’s not their fault that the bin situation can get out of hand. But we have more teams in place to ensure littering is controlled,” Councillor Al Garthwaite said.

With the PSPO implemented, firework explosions should reduce.

“Last year, we had youth worker teams helping to get the fireworks under control. More police officers and outreach workers have been put in place to reduce firework lighting.

Shop keepers are aware of the problem but most of the time with an ID you can purchase fireworks giving older people easy access to fireworks who could give to younger people. Sometimes it’s hard to tell who is responsible,” Cllr Garthwaite said.

two green bottles of beer lying down next to a pool of water and a bunch of used cigarettes
Street and house parties are the causes that lead to littering of alcohol and beer bottles, around the areas of Hyde Park. Photo: Elaine Kimeiywo

‘Antisocial behaviour awareness ’

Aside from using the police and anti-social behaviour team, universities are also playing a part in raising awareness.

Cllr Garthwaite added: “Other measures of enforcement include using universities to raise awareness about antisocial behaviours to their students.

“50% of complaints about antisocial behaviour are caused by students and universities are responsible for informing them that if they breach the order, they will be responsible for causing a disturbance.”

“A bit of extra noise around here lately with students. Could do with there being a bit of awareness that they should be a bit quieter. Frankly, I’m much more concerned about the joyriders and burglars,” Hayley Like, a resident from Burley said.

a couple of balck bins displaced and blocking a pedestrians pathway. there is also litter around the bins
General waste bins displaced from their original position blocking a pathway. Photo: Elaine Kimeiywo

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Elaine Kimeiywo is a 3rd year Journalism student at Leeds Beckett University .

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