Parts of Aberystwyth, Lampeter and Cardigan town centres have restrictions on public drinking. You will see signs in the parts of each town identified with a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)

Alcohol consumption in public space protection order 2017 poster

What is a PSPO?

The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, replaces the previous DPPOs (Designated Public Place Orders) with PSPOs and enables local authorities to identify public places where restrictions on the consumption of alcohol are to apply. These protected spaces are referred to as alcohol consumption in public space protection orders but you may also hear them called ‘alcohol free zones’ or ‘street drinking orders’.

These powers help the police deal with the problems of nuisance, annoyance or disorder associated with the consumption of alcohol in those areas. It is aimed at reducing alcohol-related crime and keeping Ceredigion a safe and pleasant place to live, work and visit.

What is a public place?

This is any place which the public have access to and includes streets, roads, pavements, grassed areas, pedestrian areas, amenity and seating areas, parks and car parks.

Certain places will not become protected public spaces at any time. These are places otherwise authorised by license, including public houses and clubs. Premises where a Temporary Event Notice is in force are also excluded.

What powers are available to the police in a PSPO area?

The police have powers to control the consumption of alcohol within the protected space. If they believe someone is consuming alcohol or intends to consume alcohol they can:

  • require them not to consume that alcohol
  • and/or request them to surrender the alcohol

The officer can also dispose of the alcohol.

The PSPO will not make it a criminal offence to drink alcohol in the protected space. However failure to comply with the officer’s request without reasonable excuse is an arrestable offence.

Penalties include:

  • a penalty notice for disorder of £50
  • arrest and prosecution for a level 2 fine (currently a maximum of £500)