Leeds City Council implemented a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) on 1 July 2020 for an area of North West Leeds, covering Headingley, Hyde Park, Weetwood, Little London and Woodhouse. This was implemented to tackle serious anti-social behaviour, nuisance and disorder, as well as environmental issues.
The PSPO provides additional powers to prohibit and take enforcement action against certain behaviours in public spaces. Continued failure to comply with any requirements contained under the PSPO could result in enforcement action being taken, which could include a fixed penalty notice of up to £100 or action through the courts by Leeds City Council.
The Public Spaces Protection Order sets out prohibitions for behaviour within this area which you need to be aware of. These include:
- Anti-social behaviour and criminality
This means you should not engage in criminal or anti-social behaviour at any time. This includes using abusive language towards others, damaging property (including graffiti) and shouting in the street.
- Noise nuisance, gatherings of two or more people and parties in residential streets and local parks
This means that you should not hold gatherings or parties in gardens or streets.
- Leaving bins and bags of waste on streets and in public spaces
This means that you must return your bin within the property boundary after collection and not leave bags of waste in gardens or on the street.
- Being in possession of and consuming alcohol or using psychoactive substances in public spaces
This means you should not consume alcohol outside of the property boundary and to not take, or allow others to take, psychoactive or illegal substances in your accommodation.