Newport city centre PSPO

The Newport City Centre Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) that was introduced in August 2018 has expired.

The 2018 PSPO has now been replaced by the Newport City Centre Public Spaces Protection Order 2021, which is effective from 13 December 2021.

The PSPO allows the police and 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. Undertaking street trading including peddling, charity collecting or touting for services, subscriptions or donations unless authorised to do so
  3. Begging within 10 metres of a cash or payment machine or begging in a manner which is aggressive or intimidating or is likely to cause someone to feel harassed, alarmed or distressed
  4. Behaving in a manner that has caused or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to a member of the public and refusing to disperse from the area
  5. Selling, using or possessing intoxicating substances, this does not include tobacco products or prescribed medicines. If someone does this a police officer can take the substances from them
  6. Being in charge of a dog that is not on a lead (of no more than 1.5 metres in length) 
  7. Refuse to dismount from a bicycle, scooter, E-scooter, E-bike, skateboard or hover board, when required to do so by an authorised officer. 

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 (up to £500 for the alcohol restriction)

Police and council officers will give offenders the opportunity, in the first instance, to pay a fixed penalty notice of £100 to avoid prosecution. 

It is illegal under other laws to:

  • Drop litter
  • Cycle in pedestrianised parts of the city centre
  • Leave dog mess uncleared