A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that covers no drinking in certain areas of Torbay has been in place for several years. In February 2021 we carried out a consultation on amending the PSPO and it now states that alcohol can be drunk but responsibly. The PSPO covers designated streets, green spaces and beaches across all three towns.

The amendments to this PSPO were approved and came into force on 1 May 2021, remaining in place for three years, to 30 April 2024.

The PSPO states that if someone is drinking and their behaviour is deemed as inappropriate, day or night, and results in anti-social behaviour, nuisance or disorder then an authorised person can inform them of the PSPO and ask them to stop drinking. If they refuse to stop, dispose of their alcohol or hand over any containers of alcohol (sealed or unsealed) they will be served with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of up to £100. An Authorised Officer is a Police officer, an employee, agent or contractor of the Council or another person who is authorised in writing by the Council.

Our consultation also highlighted that as well as covering the three main town centre areas of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham with this PSPO it was felt something similar was needed to cover the Babbacombe Downs area as well. This Order is now also in place and new signage in all the locations is up to make everyone aware that these areas of the PSPO can be enforced.

The full PSPO for Torquay, Paignton and Brixham Town Centres
Including maps to show the areas covered
The full PSPO for Babbacombe Down Torquay
Including maps to show the areas covered