PSPO orders planned for Margate and Ramsgate to tackle antisocial behaviour

The order will tackle antisocial behaviour from groups and individuals

Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) to combat antisocial behaviour are being proposed for Margate and Ramsgate after hundreds of complaints and enforcement action against people spitting, urinating and defecating in public areas as well as jumping between buildings.

The orders will cover Margate Central and Central Harbour in Ramsgate and parts of Eastcliff in Ramsgate and Cliftonville West.

These wards have the highest rate of antisocial behaviour reports in the district accounting for more than half – 53% – of all complaints.

The council says: “During the 2017-18 financial year Anti-Social Behaviour incidents in the two town centre areas of Margate and Ramsgate have remained high and the council has received complaints from a number of people. This has been primarily due to anti-social group congregation and the misuse of public spaces, which has been adversely targeted towards business and commercial premises.

“The council and police have continued to receive a high volume of complaints in these areas and have met several times to consider all available interventions to combat these problems.

“A number of tactics have already been utilised in these areas in a bid to combat the anti-social behaviour, which equates to over 150 separate enforcement actions.

“This has included; a large number of police dispersals, the application for three civil injunctions, two Criminal Behaviour Orders, 36 Community Protection Warnings and 8 Community Protection Notices as well as the deployment of mobile outreach and diversionary tactics to these locations.

“Whilst these tactics have had some impact, the two areas continue to experience significantly higher volumes of ASB than other wards.

“In addition to police reports, in the last 12 months, Thanet District Council’s Community Safety Team has dealt with 239 complaints of ASB within the designated areas. In addition to this, the council has had cause to formally take enforcement action for the misuse of public space on 23 occasions.

“The misuse of public space has included cycling on pavements and in pedestrianised areas when asked not to do so, spitting, urinating and defecating in public areas, jumping between buildings putting people at risk of harm, causing damage and deliberate misuse.”

The orders will give police and council officers additional powers to take enforcement action against offenders.

A 21 day public consultation is now taking place to gather views on the plans. It closes on July 3.

Once the period to comment has closed, the responses will be considered and if people are in support officers will put forward recommendations to the council to make the overall decision.

What the PSPO will cover:

The PSPO will prohibit congregating as part of a group of 2 or more for such duration as specified, when directed not to do so by an authorised officer; on the basis that the behaviour is causing or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to others in the locality.

It will prohibit misusing any public space, facility or installation; when directed not to do so by an authorised officer and that the behaviour is causing or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to others in the locality.

It will prohibit anyone from causing an obstruction, nuisance or annoyance to customers, staff or members of the public accessing or leaving commercial premises.

This includes deliberately obstructing any access or egress points, so as to potentially make access to or exit from a commercial premise more difficult.

Commercial premises includes but is not limited to licensed food premises, supermarkets, independent retailers, market traders and convenience stores.

All persons are prohibited from using foul or abusive language in such a manner that it is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to any other person in any public place.

All persons are prohibited from excreting bodily fluids, including but not limited to urinating, defecating or spitting in any public place that is not a specified toilet facility.

How to submit your view

Email [email protected]


  • If you are in support of or against the proposals
  • If you live, work or visit Margate and Ramsgate town centres
  • Any comments you wish to make regarding the proposals

You can also submit your comments in writing to: PSPO consultation – Margate and Ramsgate, Community Safety Department, Thanet District Council, Po Box 9 , Cecil Street, Margate, Kent, CT9 1XZ.

Find details on the website here

Read here: Dispersal orders and ‘hot spot’ policing brought in to tackle gang ‘disturbance’ in Ramsgate


  1. We have had these type of PSPO’s before in Cliftonville over the years using the Task Force but it hasn’t made a great deal of difference other than to annoy a few people. You cannot just stop anti-social behaviour in places of high poverty with public order actions. You need to tackle the causes of poverty first then the anti-social element will begin to fade away.

  2. I think it’s a good idea for ramsgate as i work in watherspoons ramsgate there is always a person who sits in front of the red telephone box. I don’t know if hes homeless or not or just likes sitting there. During the day and into the night. But Mybe PSPO can help tackle bits of poverty for adluts as well as teenagers

  3. I don’t understand what these orders are about they are a nonsense really, it’s as if they are saying to the idiots ‘ you can’t be a yob and vandal in this part of the town but you can in the rest of it’ . Anti social behaviour is ant social wherever it is committed. If the government brought back the stocks and birch that would sought the idiots out.

    • The stocks and the birch? Why not have council/police death squads,such as operate in South American cities? Better still,round everyone up and execute them,then the incident rate of asb would drop 100% – all of which is about as sensible a suggestion as bringing back the stocks and/or birch.

  4. This will just move problem to other areas. Why is it OK to do the things listed in Boundary park but not on the High Street? I think the real aim is to move the homeless away to where they’re less visible (note the parts about obstructing doorways). This is airbrushing the social ills that affect Thanet without actually solving any problems. They are heavy handed too; making it a criminal offence to swear pr congregate in a group of more than two is not acceptable. I live in the Ramsgate zone and I think it’s over the top and have complained. I’d prefer to see more police on the streets, police who are well trained and can diffuse situations. With a PSPO, we could end up with enforcement officers that are not police and not good at handling situations and just antagonise, charge or fine people that are doing no harm. This looks to me like a cut price way to handle things – the govt won’t spend on police, so the council is making a hamfisted job of solving the problems. PSPOs have been shown not to work in other areas of the country, the homeless have been criminalised and the wrong people punished.

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