What is a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)?

PSPOs are one of the powers introduced by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. It grants the authorities the power to impose restrictions and requirements on individuals within designated areas, to address specific nuisance(s) or problem(s) in specific areas with the aim of improving the life of visitors and residents in the area.

Why is a PSPO being considered?

In Pwllheli, the decision to consider a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) is in response to new and increasing types of anti-social behaviour within the designated area. Police data and witness accounts have highlighted the scale of the problem, and the impact this is having on residents, businesses and visitors. Before considering a PSPO, the Local Authority must be satisfied:
-          that these behaviours in a public space have had, or are likely to have, a detrimental impact on the quality of life of people in the neighbourhood.
-          That these activities are or are likely to be frequent and persistent in nature.
-          That these activities are or are likely to be unreasonable.
-          That they justify the restrictions outlined.

What are the proposed restrictions?

The restrictions under consideration have been specifically developed to deal with the types of behaviour that cause the most serious problems within this area, which therefore justifies their inclusion. We consider that the following restrictions are appropriate, namely:  
1.    A person shall not follow a course of conduct which causes harassment, alarm, nuisance or distress.
2.    A person shall not consume alcohol if an Authorised Person asks the person to stop drinking.
3.    A person shall not loiter in a state of intoxication through consumption of alcohol or drugs.

What is the area of the proposed PSPO?

PSPO Pwllheli Area Map

Have your say

Cyngor Gwynedd invite you to share your views, suggestions, and feedback on the proposed PSPO in Pwllheli. Complete the survey below to tell us what you think:
Online Survey: Public Space Protection Order Pwllheli
Or complete in writing by letter or email
Email: DiogelwchCymunedol@gwynedd.llyw.cymru
Post: PSPO Pwllheli, Gwasanaeth Cefnogol, Adnoddau Dynol, Cyngor Gwynedd, Stryd y Jel, Caernarfon, LL55 1SH
The survey must be completed by 7 April 2024.
Paper copies of the consultation will be available soon at:
•    Pwllheli Library
•    Pwllheli Siop Gwynedd
•    By calling 01766 771 000
This questionnaire is anonymous. Please do not include information that would reveal your identity or any other individual unless you wish for us to contact you for further engagement.
The information you provide when completing this survey will be treated in accordance with the requirements of data protection legislation.

What happens next?

Your feedback will be considered by an official part of the Council, a Scrutiny Group of councillors and officers who will make recommendations on the agreed suggestions that will be put into a PSPO to be considered by a meeting of the full Council.
You will be able to find the full report based on this consultation on the Gwynedd Council Community Safety Website.

For more information about any Community Safety matter, or if you have a question or comment about this survey, please contact us via

E-mail: DiogelwchCymunedol@gwynedd.llyw.cymru
Phone number: 01766 771 000
Consultation period: 26.02.24 - 07.04.24

GDMC Pwllheli

PSPO Pwllheli

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