Richmondshire District Council

Powers to combat anti-social behaviour

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 introduced a range of new powers designed to address anti-social behaviour including public space protection orders.

Public space protection orders are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a specific area that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life. The orders impose conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone and are designed to ensure the local community can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.

Richmond - The Falls and The Batts

A Public Spaces Protection Order has been implemented for The Falls and The Batts area of Richmond. This was due to concerns from local residents and businesses about large crowds gathering and causing disruption through alcohol and drug consumption, littering, and the lighting of barbecues. Incidents of anti-social behaviour have also been reported to the police.  

View a copy of the PSPO Order and a map of the area that it covers.

The order starts from 1 April 2021 and will be in place for three years. It will provide the Police and council officers with the power to move groups on, fine them for unruly behaviour and prevent certain activities such as littering, lighting a fire or barbecue, etc. 


The Public Spaces Protection Order in place with effect from 19 March 2018 within a specific area in Colburn and Brough with St Giles, in relation to anti-social behaviour has now been discharged. Please see the discharge notice for further information.

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