Public Space Protection Orders - Alcohol

We're carrying out a consultation on plans to review the existing Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) for Alcohol in a number of South Hams towns and villages.

What is a PSPO?

Councils can use PSPOs to restrict certain activities and/or require certain things to be done by people engaged in some activities, within a defined public area. They are designed to prevent anti-social behaviour, in this case related to alcohol, which can have a harmful effect on the local community.

When it comes to alcohol, PSPOs can:

  • Require a person not to consume alcohol in a designated area

  • Require a person to surrender alcohol in their possession

The PSPO gives the Police and other designated officers additional powers within the designated areas to tackle street drinking where it is causing problems to people in that area. People who breach the order could receive a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £100. Failure to pay could result in court proceedings.

Under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, PSPOs can be introduced for a maximum of three years. After that, Councils are required to consult with the public again before introducing new ones for a further three years.


A report will be presented to South Hams District Councillors in February 2021, for a final decision to be made.

How can I have my say?

We would like to hear from you if you live or work in these areas about your thoughts on the Orders relating to alcohol related anti-social behaviour, particularly around the following questions:


  • What is your view on the Public Spaces Protection Order in your area to address alcohol related anti-social behaviour in the locality?

  • Do you have any evidence of alcohol related anti-social behaviour - for example reports to Police or concerns raised with an agency?

  • Where does this anti-social behaviour take place?

  • What is the impact of that behaviour on you and your community/business quality of life?


Please send your comments to

The consultation is open from 18 November until 18 December 2020.

Which areas are affected?


  • Fore Street
  • High Street
  • Rotherfold
  • Cistern Street (excluding south of Rotherfold)
  • Leechwell Street
  • Church Close
  • Guildhall Yard
  • Ramparts Walk
  • Footpath adjacent to Civic Hall car park
  • Civic Square
  • The Plains
  • Coronation Road (to the entrance of the Fire Station)
  • Open space at Rotherfold
  • Civic Hall car park
  • St Mary’s churchyard
  • The Lamb
  • Heath’s Gardens,
  • Footpath from Coronation Road to Babbage Road
  • Pedestrianised area around Town Mill
  • Forecourt of Totnes United Free Church
  • Vire Island
  • Town Quay
  • Symons Passage
  • Steamer Quay Car Park and adjacent road
  • Longmarsh park area


  • Coronation Park,
  • Royal Avenue Gardens,
  • New Ground Car Park,
  • Footways immediately adjacent to both of the above, being part of North Embankment, Coombe Road,
  • College Way,
  • Mayor’s Avenue,
  • Manor Gardens
  • From the embankment edge of the Boatfloat to the greenhouses in Mayors Avenue.
  • Victoria Road park,
  • Collingwood road park, and
  • Britannia Avenue park.


  • Public Highway (including all carriageways, footways and footpaths and open spaces):
  • Fore Street (throughout),
  • Marjorie Kelly Way (throughout),
  • Leonards Road (throughout)
  • Glanvilles Road,
  • Glanvilles Mill,
  • The area bounded by Leonards Road, Fore Street and Marjorie Kelly Way
  • Playground off St. Johns Close
  • Woodlands Park
  • Victoria Park
  • MacAndrews Field
  • Filham Park
  • The underpass of the A38
  • Playing fields known as Erme Playing Fields


  • Baptist Lane
  • Chapel End
  • Cliff House Gardens
  • Cliff Road adjacent to Cliff House Gardens
  • Clifton Place including the slipway
  • Courtenay Park
  • Cross Park Gardens
  • the perimeter of roads of Cross Park Gardens from Courtenay Street to Devon Road, Courtenay Street
  • Customhouse Quay including all landing stages and slipways
  • Ferry Pier and Steps including the landing stage, also the unnamed passage and steps running south from the Ferry Steps to the foreshore
  • Folly Lane
  • Fore Street
  • Footway in front of Nos 74 to 76, Fore Street
  • Area leading to Kings Court
  • Market Street
  • Robinsons Row
  • Union Street
  • Victoria Place
  • Quay including all landing stages and slipways
  • Whitestrand Car Park and Quay including the pontoon, slipway and steps
  • Victoria Quay as far as Island Street
  • Island Street
  • Gould Road
  • Shadycombe Road
  • Shadycombe Road Car Park
  • Creek Car and Boat Park
  • Cross Park Gardens
  • Bakerswell
  • Bonfire Hill Cemetery
  • Shadycombe Cemetery


  • Poundwell Street Car Park
  • Poundwell Meadow Car Park
  • Poundwell Street
  • Lower part of Galpin Street
  • Burns Lane
  • Fullers Ope
  • Modbury Millennium Meadow
  • Tuckers Brook open space
  • SHDC open space off Galpin Street
  • Broad Street
  • Church Street
  • Lower part of Brownston Street encompassing public conveniences
  • Palm Cross Green
  • Palm Cross Green Car Park
  • New Mills Industrial Estate
  • Modbury Memorial Hall and environs (includes play area)
  • Champernowne play park
  • School playing field
  • Barracks Road corner (Parish seat)/ Recreation Field including parish seat near entrance
  • St. Georges church car park including seated area in Church Lane
  • St. Georges churchyard

South Brent

  • The recreation ground on Exeter Road to include the car park, skate board park and hard court area.
  • The children’s play park situated on Totnes Road,
  • Sanderspool Cross
  • The grass verge running alongside the park; as far as the footpath leading into Avon Close/Pool Park to include the bus shelter


Land off Woolwell Road surrounding

  • Bickleigh Down School,
  • Medical Centre,
  • Nursing Home,
  • Community Centre,
  • Playing fields and play area.


  • Recreation Ground
  • Town Square (excluding area adjacent Creek’s End)
  • Britton’s Field
  • Duncombe Park inc. entrance car park area, children’s play area, central grassed area and terraces,
  • Bridge Street (to junction with Church Close)
  • Promenade/Embankment Road (west side)
  • grassed and surfaced area adjacent toilets to end of grassed/surfaced area beyond Memorial Shelter
  • Bus station and footpath opposite pharmacy
  • Prince of Wales Road
  • Library – Steps/ramp and paved area in front of Library
  • Kingsbridge Town Council – Quay House grounds
  • Lower Union Road
  • Devon Square
  • Mill Street
  • Fore Street
  • Derby Road Industrial Estate.

Click on the town or village to see the areas that are covered by PSPOs relating to alcohol

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