Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)

As of Wednesday 1st July 2020, the public space protection order (PSPO) for Headingley, Hyde Park and Woodhouse goes live.

The order aims to reduce the amount of anti-social behaviour in these areas by prohibiting certain detrimental behaviours:

  • People causing anti-social behaviour in a group of 2 or more in a public space
  • Organising or carrying out a street party causing noise nuisance in a public space
  • Consuming, or being in possession of an open container of alcohol in a public space
  • Using intoxicating/ psychoactive substances in a public space (such as NOS, ‘legal highs’, illegal drugs)
  • Leaving bins on the pavement/ street for extended periods
  • Household waste being on the premises, or left out for collection in bags

 West Yorkshire Police and Leeds City Council have powers to stop these nuisance behaviours by issuing fines to offenders. If the behaviour continues offenders could see legal action being taken against them and end up with a criminal record.

What this means for you:

Do not organise gatherings or parties in your gardens or back streets.

Do not drink alcohol outside of your property boundary.

Do not take, or let others at your property take, psychoactive or illegal substances.

Do not engage in criminal or anti-social behaviour at any time. This includes using abusive language towards others, damaging property (including graffiti) and shouting in the street.

(From September) Do not leave your wheelie bin out on the pavement/ street after the waste collection. You must return your bin within your property boundary. Do not leave bags of waste in gardens or on the street.


Other powers available to tackle noise nuisance will still be used and enforced, such as Noise Abatement Notices, premises closure orders, seizures of equipment and prosecution of noise offences