PSPO bans confirmed across Basildon

Drinking, taking drugs and using cars without permission are now banned in parks and town centres across Basildon.

Basildon Council set the fines for antisocial behaviour at £100 at a meeting last week (July 8), after approving a borough-wide public space protection order (PSPO) earlier in the year.

Some activities such as car meets and car cruising are only banned in certain areas, but others, like urinating or defecating in a public place, are banned across the whole borough.

Cabinet members at last week’s meeting said antisocial behaviour from street drinkers and boy racers is “blighting the lives of residents” and hope the new measures will help tackle the issue.

Here is a list of which activities have been banned by the council and which parts of the borough the ban applies to.

Activities banned across the whole borough

  • Failing to comply with a direction not to consume alcohol, or anything which an authorised person reasonably believes to be alcohol, where the authorised person reasonably believes that a person has engaged in antisocial behaviour.
  • Failing to surrender a container of alcohol when asked to do so by an authorised person.
  • Urination or defecation in a public place unless such a place is a serviced public convenience.
  • Use of illegal drugs or psychoactive substances.

Consuming or having an open container for alcohol banned

  • Basildon town centre
  • Pitsea town centre

Using a motor vehicle without reasonable excuse or permission from the council banned

  • Lake Meadows
  • Mopsies Park
  • Wickford Memorial
  • Barn Hall
  • Cranfield Park
  • Barnstable Open Space
  • Eversley
  • Northlands Park
  • Kingswood Open Space
  • Gloucester Park
  • Markhams Chase
  • Vange Hill Drive Open Space
  • Swan Mead
  • Victoria Park
  • The Wick Country Park

Using a pony and trap banned

  • Northlands Park
  • Cranfield Park
  • Barn Hall Recreation Ground

Car meets and car cruising banned

  • Pitsea town centre
  • Festival Leisure Park

Charlie Ridler

Local Democracy Reporter