Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)

Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)


Did you know? - There has been a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) active in Grays Town Centre since 1st April!

The PSPO will be a huge help in tackling street drinking & anti-social behaviour - A big win for the Grays community!

So, what is a PSPO?

A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) sets restrictions on how an area is used. These restrictions apply to everyone and make sure that the law-abiding majority can enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.

What does this mean for residents & businesses?

The purpose of the PSPO is to ensure that residents and visitors to Grays can enjoy the town centre with peace of mind that they are in a safe environment free from anti-social behaviour.

This will have a positive effect on the businesses in Grays as the presence of anti-social behaviour goes down and more visitors travel into the town centre to shop.

The PSPO Prohibits

Here’s the important part, what does the PSPO actually do? The PSPO prohibits;

1. Continuing to drink alcohol or consume intoxicating substances when required to stop doing so by an *authorised officer.


2. Being verbally abusive to any person or behaving in a way which causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to another person.

* An “authorised officer” is any Police Officer, Police Community Support Officer, or an officer designated by the Council.

What will happen if a person commits one of these offences?

If a person commits an offence In the Restricted Area without reasonable excuse he or she fails to comply with any activity they are required to undertake, namely;

1. Leave the Restricted Area when required to do so by an authorised officer and not return within 48 hours, save for the exceptions set out below.


2. Surrender any alcohol or intoxicating substances in his or her possession when required to do so by an authorised officer.

Please note that there are exceptions to these enforcements – see full Grays Town Centre Public Spaces Protection Order 2017 document.

Why is this new PSPO being enforced?

Thurrock Council and Essex Police have collated evidence from local residents and those who work in business situated in the designated area who state;

  • Public space is being misused
  • There is disregard for community and personal well-being

These activities have given rise to nuisance and complaint to both Thurrock Council and the Police from local residents and businesses. 

For more information, please see the full Grays Town Centre Public Spaces Protection Order 2017 document which can be found here -

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