PSPO extension - Pontefract Racecourse and Park

We are currently consulting on whether we should extend the Public Spaces Protection Order in the Pontefract Racecourse and park area.

PSPOs deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular area that is harmful to the local community's quality of life, by controlling how people can use that area. It applies to everyone and is designed to make sure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.

We introduced a PSPO at the Pontefract Racecourse and park area on 31 August 2016, for a period of three years. That order expired at midnight on 30 August 2019 and the above link refers to its replacement.

The activities that are prohibited within the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) are totally unreasonable and dangerous and prior to the Council imposing the order had a significant detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality.    

The PSPO has proved to be effective in enabling the Police and Council to effectively intervene early before any crowds assemble to prevent the unlawful activities taking place.  Since the PSPO was introduced three years ago, this problem has reduced.

The PSPO has been effective in preventing these activities during its operation and if not extended there is a significant risk that the activities would recommence as soon as individuals realised that the PSPO was no longer in existence and once again the quality of life of the local residents may be adversely affected.

We would like to hear your views regarding a proposal to extend this order for a further three years, with the existing restrictions and requirements.  If you wish to participate in the public consultation you are invited to complete the survey. 

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