Dorney Lake Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)

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About Public Spaces Protection Order

PSPOs are one of a number of powers introduced by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and are designed to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in an area which is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the community.

Following reports of Anti-Social Behaviour associated with the use of Dorney Lake (and surrounding land, to the north of the River Thames), Court Lane, Dorney, Buckinghamshire SL4 6QP, a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) has been made under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, to cover the area described above, to combat this unwarranted behaviour.

Map of area to be covered by the PSPO: Icon for pdf Eton Dorney Rowing Lake Restricted Area [651.04KB]

The activities which are prohibited are:

  • the consumption of alcohol in breach of an authorised officer's request to cease its consumption;
  • having an unsealed container of alcohol, in breach of an authorised officer's request to surrender the alcohol or container;
  • the consumption of any psychoactive substance [1] (colloquially known as a legal high) or possessing a psychoactive substance in breach of an authorised officer's request to surrender it;
  • using behaviour towards another person (whether on the land or in the lake) which may reasonably be perceived to be threatening, aggressive or intimidating;
  • entering the lake in a manner which is reasonably likely to harm any other person in the water;
  • using foul or abusive language;
  • gathering or loitering with any other person(s) in a manner which is (or may reasonably be perceived to be) intimidating or threatening to any other member of the public;
  • driving a motor vehicle in such a manner that puts any other member of the public at risk of harm;
  • performing any motor vehicle stunts; and
  • racing a motor vehicle with any other motor vehicle, or exceeding the speed limits displayed on any sign within the Restricted Area.

[1] A psychoactive substance is defined in section 2 of the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 as any substance capable of stimulating or depressing the central nervous system of a person who consumes it, other than an exempt substance (listed in Schedule 1 of that Act as controlled drugs, medicinal products, alcohol or alcoholic products, nicotine and tobacco products, caffeine products and food).

A PSPO is not a ban on the legitimate use of the lake and surrounding area and does not prevent activities which are not causing anti-social behaviour.  However, it is an offence not to comply with the Order, the penalty for which will be a fixed penalty notice in the sum of £100 or a fine on summary conviction not exceeding Level 2 on the standard scale as regards breaches relating to alcohol (currently £500) and Level 3 (currently £1000) for any other breach.

This PSPO can be challenged under the Act on the grounds that the local authority did not have the power either to make the Order or include particular prohibitions or requirements imposed by the Order, or that proper processes had not been followed as prescribed by the legislation. Challenges must be made to the High Court within six weeks of the Order being made, and by an individual who lives in, or who regularly works in or visits the restricted area.

The Order took effect from 11 March 2020 and will continue in force for 3 years expiring on 10 March 2023.

The order can be viewed here: Icon for pdf Dorney Lake PSPO [780.24KB]