Public Space Protection Order

We are seeking your views on the introduction of a number of Public Space Protection Orders in Sefton. Please take a few moments to complete the short questionnaire before the closing date of 19 January 2018.

Orders can be introduced in a specific public area where the local authority is satisfied on reasonable grounds that certain conditions have been met, such as whether the activities concerned have or would have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality, and that they are or likely to be persistent or continuing in nature, and are justified. 

A PSPO can give Authorised Persons and Merseyside Police Officers/PCSO’s the power to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice to those drinking Alcohol in public spaces, and as such the persons can be compelled to surrender the alcohol to prevent the person continuing to consume the alcohol in the designated area. 

This order does not apply to licensed premises and licensed designated adjoined areas

Key things to consider

  • Do you think the direction to not consume alcohol in designated public spaces would be reasonable and necessary in order to prevent Anti-Social Behaviour which has a detrimental effect on the quality of life in the specified areas?
  • Do you think the geographical areas as listed and shown in the attached plans should be included in the PSPO?
  • Would you like to add areas/ roads or have you evidence that an area already included is no longer required to be designated?

Proposed areas

Southport Town Centre - the area bounded by Kings Gardens, Promenade, Seabank Road, Gordon Street, Lord Street, Union Street, Castle Street, Hill Street, Wright Street, London Street, Chapel Street, Tulketh Street, Bridge Street, Eastbank Street, Princess Street, Market Street, King Street, Duke Street, Safeway’s car park.

Bootle Town Centre - the area bounded by Merton Road, Washington Parade, Marsh Lane and Litherland Road.

Formby - Duke Street Park, Kings Road, Phillips Lane down to the footpath (including Meadow Croft and Phillips Close), Formby Railway Station and car park, Formby Bridge, Formby Street and Andrews Lane. Formby/Freshfield beaches and access roads.

Crosby/Waterloo - the pedestrianised area of Liverpool Road up to The Green, the pedestrianised area of Moor Lane to the end of Telegraph House, the area of pavement on Coronation Road in front of Crown Building, Moorside Park, Victoria Park, Coronation Park, Alexandra Park, Marine Gardens, Crescent Gardens, Adelaide Gardens, Beach Lawn Gardens, St John's Road and South Road.

Maps of each location (pdf 1.99MB)


In 2003, a Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) was made under the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001, to restrict drinking in various designated public places in order to curb Anti-Social behaviour and criminality. 

In 2014, the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into force, which stipulated that any DPPO still in force three years after the Act, would effectively transition into a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO), however it must satisfy the legal requirements of the content of a PSPO, and the current DPPO, does not.

Last Updated on 30 November 2017