Find out more about the Public Spaces Protection Order at Hopes Nose in Torquay.
Hopes Nose is a beautiful area of protruding coast. It is accessible only on foot via a footpath from Ilsham Marine Drive, or via the sea. It is a popular angling spot for people casting from the rocks. This is because of the position of the platform of rock above the sea.
Anglers target different species of fish, but it is most popular for mackerel. These can often be caught in large numbers.
Hopes Nose is:
The area is enjoyed by:
The geology of the area is of international importance. It brings people from all over the world. It is also important for leisure and tourism in Torbay. Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust (TCCT) manage Hopes Nose.
Unfortunately, over the years, the area has been misused. This has resulted in large amounts of litter in the area. This is often waste left over from activities that occur when angling, such as:
Most people enjoying Hopes Nose are responsible and have respect for the environment. Unfortunately, a number of people are ruining the area and risk the site closing to the public. We have worked with a range of organisations and individuals to address these issues.
A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) came into force in September 2016. This was under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The first PSPO ran until December 2017. The second one ran from May 2018 to December 2020. Due to continued misuse of the area, the PSPO came back into effect from 30 July 2021 until 1 December 2022.
As a result of this continued antisocial behaviour, we consulted with interested groups, organisations, and the public, on a new PSPO. After receiving overwhelming support, the new PSPO will cover both Hopes Nose and Berry Head. It comes into force on 9 June 2023 and runs until 31 December 2024.
The aim is to ensure that remains Hopes Nose open and accessible for all who wish to enjoy the area responsibly. It will provide more enforcement options to tackle the anti-social behaviour that has come to define the area for many years.
Fishing at Hopes Nose is still allowed. It is an excellent and famous angling location and we want to keep it that way. A limit to the number of mackerel you can catch means:
All anglers consulted have been supportive of this approach.
It is a short-term measure. This is so we can put in place permanent and effective management of these spaces.
If you would like to volunteer to help keep Hopes Nose clean and tidy, you can contact TCCT by:
You can also help by reporting any issues you see to TCCT using the contact details above.
The more people that speak up about these issues the better. We can then target our efforts more effectively and efficiently. This means the PSPO can be enforced where necessary.
The PSPO imposes certain conditions on all people who visit and use the area.
The Order prohibits and requires the following in the area outlined in red on the map:
It is an offence for a person without reasonable excuse to engage in an activity that is prohibited or required within the paragraphs of the Order. A person found to be in breach of the Order is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale or a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100.