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Public Spaces Protection Order

Wealden District Council Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing ACT 2014

Section 59 – Public Spaces Protection Order

This Order is made by Wealden District Council, pursuant to its powers under Section 59 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (“the Act”) and the Council are satisfied on reasonable grounds that the conditions under Section 59(2) and Section 59(3) of the Act are met.

  1. The land identified in schedule One (see below) is hereby designated as the ‘restricted area’ for the purposes of this Order.
  2. This order applies to the following persons: – Any person in control of a dog
  3. The following activities are prohibited in the restricted area: – To allow a dog to defecate at any time and fail to remove the faeces from the land forthwith unless the person in control of the dog has reasonable excuse for failing to do so.
  4. The following requirements must be undertaken in the restricted area: To pick up dog faeces immediately and deposit in a suitable receptacle

This Order applies at all times

This Order shall take effect on 21 November 2023 and will remain in effect for three years

It is a criminal offence for any person who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with a prohibition or requirement as specified in this Order. This offence is punishable by a fine in the Magistrates’ Court.

Pursuant to Section 66 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 any interested person who wishes to challenge the validity of this Order can do so upon one of the grounds set out therein.

Schedule One

All public places within Wealden District Council’s administrative area, that is any place to which the public or any section of the public has access, on payment or otherwise, as a right or by virtue of express or implied permission of the following descriptions:-

  • (a) Any highway, footways, footpaths, twittens, promenades, steps and towpaths within the area of Wealden District Council and any adjoining verges or ornamental areas, which are maintained at the public expense.
  • (b) All pedestrianised areas within the Wealden District Council area.
  • (c) All parks, gardens, recreation and sports grounds, commons, amenity areas and other open spaces owned, occupied or maintained by or on behalf of any of: Wealden District Council, East Sussex County Council, a registered social landlord/housing association, any town or parish council within the Wealden area, any other public authority or any charity.
  • (d) Any cemetery, crematorium, burial ground or churchyard.
  • (e) Any public car-park or parking space.
  • (f) All beaches.

Exempted Land:
Any woodland, marsh or agricultural land and any Access Land as defined in Part 1 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.