Public Space Protection Orders

Aggressive begging consultation

We have held consultations on whether we should set-up new Public Spaces Protection Orders to tackle aggressive begging in Wakefield, Castleford and Pontefract centres. Thank you to everyone who took part.


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. This applies to everyone. They are designed to make sure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.

There are four PSPOs set-up in Wakefield district:

Anyone found to be breaking the terms of the PSPOs can be issued with a fixed penalty notice.

The PSPOs we have in place so far have proven to be successful in tackling anti-social behaviour, and we are currently looking at where else in the district we can use them.

Castleford and Pontefract town centre consultations

We introduced Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) in Castleford and Pontefract town centres on 22 November 2017 for a period of three years. The orders are shortly due to expire at midnight on 21 November 2020.

We would like to hear your views regarding extending the Public Spaces Protection Orders for a further three years. If you wish to participate in the consultation you are invited to complete the survey(s).

A map of the affected area can be viewed on the right.

Castleford town centre PSPO consultation survey 

Pontefract town centre PSPO consultation survey

Contact us

Customer Services

Wakefield Council
Wakefield One
PO Box 700
Wakefield
WF1 2EB

0345 8 506 506