West Berkshire Council

Community Issues

Including PSPO's, Community Triggers and parking

Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs)

Gating Orders, Dog Control Orders and Designated Public Place Orders were replaced by Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

They are designed to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a public place and are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a specific area that is detrimental to the local communities quality of life.

Current PSPOs

A PSPO is currently in place in West Berkshire. It was applied for as a Gating Order under Section 129A of the Highways Act 1980. Gating Order 1579 is currently in place at Speen Lodge Court. pdf icon You can view the Order online [2Mb].

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, 2014, Section 75 allows for any previous Gating Orders to be transitioned into a PSPO. The transitioned Order will then remain in force up to a maximum of three years from the point of transition. The Gating Order at Speen Lodge Court has transitioned into a PSPO under this legislation.

Any future applications to restrict access to a public right of way will now be dealt with under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and would be applied for as a PSPO.

Community Triggers

Community Triggers came into affect in 2014 under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. They give victims of persistent ASB the opportunity to request a review of the actions taken by the agencies involved, when they feel that the actions taken have not been adequate to resolve the problem.

Community Triggers are not used to:

  • report ASB in the first instance
  • report general acts of crime, including hate crime
  • make a specific complaint about the handling of a case

How can I request a review?

To request a review there must have been:

  • at least three reports from one person, within a six month period OR
  • five reports from different people, within a six month period, of a problem that is not currently being investigated

You must have reported ASB within one month of the alleged behaviour taking place and the application for the community trigger review must be made within 6 months of the report of anti social behaviour.

For the period of 2018/19 so far, one application for an ASB case review has been received and the community trigger invoked. An ASB case review was carried out which resulted in recommendations being made.

Parking

If you have issues with parking within your community, we have created a pdf icon guide to help you report issues effectively [94kb].