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20 May 2019

Public Spaces Protection Order in Weymouth

Public Spaces Protection Order in Weymouth

There has been some confusion about what the order covers, so please see below for clarification:

New rules set out in the Weymouth & Portland Anti-Social Behaviour Related Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) 2018 came into effect on Monday 20 August 2018.

PSPO introduced by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council

The PSPO is in place in restricted areas within the borough of Weymouth. They relate to begging, cycling on the promenade, feeding gulls and the consumption of alcohol in public places.

This follows views expressed in a public consultation and approval given at by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council.

New signs have been placed around the borough to make people aware of the PSPO and maps explaining where the rules apply can be viewed on dorsetforyou.gov.uk.

The provisions contained within the PSPO complement Police and other council measures as well as the multi-agency funded Community Safety Accreditation Scheme.

Cycling along the promenade

Rules on cycling along the promenade will be relaxed, now only restricting cycling between 10am and 5.30pm from Good Friday to 31 October annually (both dates inclusive). Right of way will remain with pedestrians.

Consuming alcohol in public places

Within the restricted areas, the PSPO will make it an offence to continue to consume alcohol where a constable or authorised officer has directed someone not to do so, in the reasonable belief that such a direction is necessary to prevent public nuisance, public order or anti-social behaviour.

A constable or authorised officer can require anyone to surrender anything which they believe to be alcohol or a container for alcohol. Fixed Penalty Notices may be issued if there is no reasonable excuse not to comply with the requirement.

Intentional feeding of gulls

Within the restricted areas, the PSPO will make it an offence for any person to provide or deposit food, intentionally, for the consumption of gulls. This measure has been introduced to help tackle the growing problem of gulls causing alarm, annoyance and injury.


New rules banning begging within the restricted area, will also be introduced. Begging issues have been identified by the borough council, police, residents and shop owners, over the last few years.

Responses to the public consultation made it clear, measures are wanted to deter begging in the town centre. Begging is already prohibited on the promenade under local Byelaws.


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