Campaign Against the ASB Act – and the hyperegulation of public space

PSPOs image The Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act includes a swathe of unprecedentedly open-ended powers, which significantly undermine rights in public spaces.

The Manifesto Club is focusing on ‘Public Spaces Protection Orders’ (PSPOs), which give local authorities the power to ban any activity they judge to have a ‘detrimental effect’ on the ‘quality of life’ of a locality.

We also have grave concerns about many of the other powers – including dispersal orders and Community Protection Notices – which have the potential to be used against buskers, protesters or anybody the police or council officials don’t like the look of.



See the Freedom Hotline blog for the latest campaign updates and news.


  • If your council planning a PSPO or over-using other ASB powers, do email us: we can publicise the case and help challenge the order.
  • Post comments or cases on Twitter (#asbact or @manifestoclub) or on the Manifesto Club Facebook page;
  • If the restriction relates to political protest, you can additionally report to Occupy London legal adviser Matthew Varham.


The ASB Act: all power to the state, Josie Appleton, spiked, 19 November

Josie Appleton discussed public spaces protection orders on BBC Radio Lincolnshire, 29 October

Grimsby introduces rules to control street drinking, BBC News, 29 October

Josie Appleton discussed public spaces protection orders on BBC TV News (north east), 29 October

Blackpool Council considers ‘mankini’ outfit ban, BBC News, 21 October

Do what your council says – or pay £100 fine, Channel 4 News, 20 October

Stag and hen weekends face clampdown after officials rule to ban ‘inappropriate dress’… in BLACKPOOL, Daily Mail, 20 October

Stags left in tight spot as Blackpool plans to ban mankinis, Independent, 20 October

Mankini-free zone: Blackpool clamps down on stag and hen misbehaviour, Metro, 20 October

Cambridge gets new weapon in fight against antisocial behaviour – but fears PSPOs create “grey areas”, Cambridge News, 8 October

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