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Public Space Protection Orders

A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) is a power under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

The Protection Order allows us to deal with problems in public spaces in the borough, that have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of the local community, by imposing conditions and requirements of the use of that area for everyone that uses it.

If you do not comply with PSPOs Police or accredited Council Officers can issue Fixed Penalty Notices of £100, or prosecute you.

Turner Rise Retail Park PSPO 2016

Following consultation with the Police, local businesses and members of the public, it has been agreed that the PSPO should be extended until 7 January 2017.

The PSPO was originally issued on the 6th January 2015 for the parking and pedestrian areas of Turner Rise Retail Park. The order was issued in response to the high number complaints received by Essex Police & Colchester Borough Council regarding the excessive evening and night time noise coming from the area.

Police or accredited Council Officers can now issue Fixed Penalty Notices of £100, or prosecutions to be taken to Court against individuals or groups of offenders creating excessive noise on the site.

Public Consultation

Consultation responses from residents and commuters strongly welcomed retaining the Turner Rise Retail Car Park Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).

85 of the 86 Colchester individuals and businesses commenting backed the PSPO in place at Turner Rise and the potential to retain it in the coming months.  Colchester Borough Council has now extended the PSPO until 7 January 2017. 

Comments regarding the PSPO introduced in January 2015 included: there has been a "noticeable reduction in noise - in particular engine revving and racing" and "since the Order has been in place it has felt a lot safer and less intimidating particularly after dark. There is a noticeable reduction in litter and noise".

When asked whether the PSPO should continue to apply to the site, again respondents were strongly in favour, stating: "we were badly affected by the noise, especially in the summer" and "yes, life before the Order came in to force was unbearable some nights, screeching tyres, explosions, shouting, foul language often as late as 2am".

The PSPO has also benefitted commuters travelling to and from the nearby Colchester rail station: "when arriving home from London later in the evening I felt intimidated and concerned over the presence of youths". 

Along with Police and local businesses support, the comments clearly demonstrate the positive benefits the PSPO has had.  Since its introduction no organised events have taken place on the site without permission and no complaints from local residents have been received by the Police or the Council.

To bolster the long term security the management of Turner Rise Retail Park has offered assurances that a barrier and ANPR system will be installed at the entrance.

You can also view the existing Order on lamp posts at Turner Rise Retail Park car park.