Newport city centre PSPO

Newport city centre Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) was introduced in November 2015 following public consultation.

The PSPO allows the council to stop behaviour that adversely affects the quality of life of people who live, work or visit the city centre.

Download the Public Space Protection Order (pdf)

View the geographical boundary of the PSPO (pdf) 

PSPO measures:  

  1. Refusing to stop drinking alcohol or to hand over containers of alcohol, when required to do so by an authorised officer
  2. Approaching members of the public in a persistent manner with a view to persuading them to subscribe to a service or make charitable donations by direct debit, standing order or similar means
  3. Begging in a manner which is aggressive or intimidating, or which harasses members of the public
  4. Affixing any notice, picture, letter, sign or other mark on the surface of a highway or any tree, structure or works on or in a highway without permission of the landowner (fly-posting)
  5. Being in charge of a dog that is not on a lead (of no more than 1.5 metres in length) 

It is already illegal to:

  • Drop litter
  • Cycle in the pedestrianised parts of the city centre
  • Not clear up dog mess.

Any person who, without reasonable excuse, fails to comply with the PSPO commits an offence and could be liable, on conviction, to a fine of up to £1000.

Police and council officers will give offenders the opportunity, in the first instance, to pay a fixed penalty notice of £100, reduced to £75 for prompt payment.