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Public Space Protection Orders

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) are intended to deal with persistent anti-social behaviour in a local area that is detrimental to the community's quality of life.

There is currently one PSPO in place in Middlesbrough.

TS1 Public Spaces Protection Order

A public spaces protection order (PSPO) is in place in the town centre to help tackle problems like street drinking, drug taking, begging, and littering. It covers the entire residential, shopping, and leisure area in TS1, and has been in force for the last 3 years.

As part of our commitment to stamping out anti-social behaviour caused by individuals and gangs of troublemakers, we planned to extend the PSPO for another 3 years. We ran a consultation in October 2022 to ask people whether they agreed with this.

The consultation has now closed. Thank you to everyone who took part, your views are very important to us.

The total number of responses was 286. Of these, 97.55% of people said they were either 'very concerned', 'concerned', or 'a little concerned' about antisocial behaviour in TS1. Only 2.45% said they were 'not at all concerned', or did not give a response.

Respondents also voted overwhelmingly in favour of extending the PSPO for another 3 years.

The extended PSPO was approved by the council's Executive and came into force on 25 November 2022.

Everything which was part of the original PSPO is still included. As a result of feedback from the consultation, two new items have also been added - chugging and rummaging in bins. Chugging (meaning 'charity mugging') refers to stopping people in the street and asking them to donate to charity.


Original PSPO for the TS1 area (2019)

Extension to the PSPO for the TS1 area (2022)

If you're struggling to view the documents or the map below, please email pspo@middlesbrough.gov.uk.


A map of the streets covered by the TS1 PSPO (or click to view full size in a new tab).

A map of the town centre streets covered by the TS1 PSPO