A new Public Space Protection Order is set to be introduced in parts of Hatfield to respond to local concerns, prevent anti-social behaviour, and ensure everyone can enjoy our shared spaces.

It places restrictions on certain activities, including:


  • Consuming alcohol in a public place.
  • Possessing an open vessel(s) of alcohol in a public place.


  • Approaching another person in order to beg.
  • Loitering at or within ten metres of any cash machine, unless waiting legitimately to use the machine for the purpose it is designed for.
  • Sitting on the ground in a public place, street, highway or passage in a manner that may be perceived that you are inviting people to give you money.

Public urination / defecation

  • Urinating or defecating in a public place.

The PSPO also places restrictions on rough sleeping, but our focus remains on outreach work to support anyone who is vulnerable and in need.

Reporting breaches

Residents, businesses and visitors are encouraged to report PSPO breaches to the police non-emergency number, 101.

What are the penalties?

Fixed Penalty Notices of up to £100 can be issued for breaches and persistent offenders can be prosecuted and fined up to £1,000.

If you have any questions, please call the ASB and Communities Team​ on 01707 357 706