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Public Space Protection Order - Tavistock

We're consulting on a proposed Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) covering anti-social behaviour and alcohol consumption in Tavistock.

What is a PSPO?

A PSPO deals with potential anti-social behaviour in an area which could have an effect on the quality of life for those in the local community.

What is the proposal for Tavistock?

If agreed, the Order would impose the following restrictions in the areas outlined in the map below:


Anti-social behaviour

  • At all times, persons will not act in a manner that is causing or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress in the designated area.



  • Alcohol must be disposed of or surrendered if requested by an authorised officer

The proposed PSPO for Tavistock is not a ban on the consumption of alcohol in private homes or in business premises in the area, and it does not mean an automatic fine if you are found drinking alcohol in public in that area.


Working together

The Council is working closely with the local Police, Town Council and community to tackle anti-social behaviour in the town. The Council has to be sure that a PSPO is an appropriate measure to take to deal with anti-social behaviour.

This process involves consulting with the community and partners to identify the need for a PSPO, as well as taking into consideration evidence of anti-social behaviour in the past. A PSPO will only be introduced where there is sufficient evidence that it is needed.

What area will the proposed PSPO cover?

The shaded area on the map opposite shows which area of Tavistock will be covered by the proposed PSPO.

You can click on the map to take a closer look.

What happens next?

Once we receive the results of the consultation, a decision will be made at the Full Council meeting in September.

You can have your say by emailing us using the button below. Alternatively, write to us at: Tavistock PSPO Consultation, West Devon Borough Council, PO Box 237, Totnes, TQ9 5DL.

The consultation will run until 5 p.m. on 5 September 2021

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