On 20 October 2017, Bath and North East Somerset Council introduced Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs).  Two PSPOs were introduced, to control street drinking

The Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 enables the council to create PSPOs to control activities carried out in a public place, which have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality.

Two localities were identified where street drinking is having or has the potential to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life.  Bath and North East Somerset Council carried out a public consultation, which showed strong support for the introduction of the PSPOs:

  • The City of Bath
  • Midsomer Norton Town Centre

The PSPOs restrict street drinking (which is the consumption of alcohol in a public place). The orders will be enforced by the police.

A person who fails to comply with the requirements of the PSPO by drinking alcohol in a public place is committing an offence. Police officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) can issue that person with a fixed penalty notice of £100.  These order means anyone drinking in public and acting in an anti-social way in the City of Bath or Midsomer Norton town centre can be asked to stop drinking or surrender any alcohol when requested by a police officer or authorised officer.

The PSPO also provides police officers, PCSO and other authorised officers with the power to require a person drinking alcohol in public to surrender their alcohol (or anything which is reasonably believed to be alcohol).  Failure to do so could result in a maximum fine of £500. 

The PSPOs will not stop the consumption of alcohol in any area licensed for the sale and supply of alcohol during normal licensing hours, such as a bar within the area covered by a PSPO.

Help, information and advice

Services for people concerned by their own or someone else's drug

Developing Health and Independence (DHI)

Is a local charity that was set up in 1999 to help people out of the cycle of homelessness, social isolation and drug or alcohol abuse.


15/16 Milsom Street,  Bath BA1 1DE

Twitter: @dhi_online

Facebook: Developing Health & Independence

DHI also runs Project 28 Young People (24 years or under) The project’s team seek to provide holistic packages of care to young people in the BANES area with problematic substance misuse support needs.

Telephone: 01225 478730

Service supporting people to access help for homelessness 

Julian House

Tel: 01225 354650
Fax: 01225 407711

55 New King Street

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