Briefing document – Buskers and homeless under threat from new ASB powers

pavement injustice From 20 October, Public Spaces Protection Orders will provide local authorities with unprecedentedly wide-ranging powers to control activities in public spaces.

The new orders – contained in the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 – allow local authorities to ban or restrict any activity which they judge has a ‘detrimental effect’ on the ‘quality of life’ of a locality.

This Manifesto Club briefing document reveals the limitations of the Statutory Guidance in preventing the abuse of these powers. It also looks at how councils plan to use the powers this autumn – including for banning rough sleeping, begging, ball games, ‘inappropriate dress’ and parking outside schools.

Read the Briefing Document


Parents could be banned from parking outside Gloucestershire schools, Gloucester Citizen, 10 September

An end to boozy parties?, The Blackpool Gazette, 10 September

Poll: Should councils be able to punish parents for parking outside schools, Express and Star, 6 September

The bossy station announcer I’d like to throttle and the madness of letting jobsworths hand out fines, Tom Utley, Daily Mail, 5 September

New powers mean parents could be fined £100 for parking near schools, Daily Mirror, 4 September

Now drivers face £100 fine if they park too near to a school, Daily Mail, 4 September

Parents could be banned from parking near their children’s school, claims think tank, Bristol Post, 4 September

Josie Appleton discussed PSPOs on BBC radios Huddersfield and West Midlands, 4 September