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Decision details

Revised Public Spaces Protection Order

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member Development and Safety

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The revised Public Spaces Protection Order attached at Appendix 2 is approved for consultation.

Reasons for the decision:

The proposals are intended to address ticket touting during key horse racing events and protect the public from anti-social behaviour that is having or likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality.

Alternative options considered:

The council in partnership with the police and racecourse have been working together over the last two years to deal with the increasing problems posed by ticket touts.  The work done so far included council and police operations to gather evidence and to disrupt the activities of touts.  In addition, the racecourse have made changes to its ticket terms & conditions, refund policy and plan to setup a number of ticket exchange booths on key race days.

These measures have gone someway to address some of the issues mentioned but it needs to be underpinned with formal enforcement powers which is currently lacking.

The Cabinet Member can reject the proposal.  Consideration has been given to this but in light of the evidence submitted showing that ticket touts are becoming an increasing problem during key horse racing events, not proceeding with the proposed Order would reduce the powers available to the Police and Local Authority to address this problem.

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Consultation has been undertaken with Legal Services, GOSS finance and HR.

Contact: Louis Krog, Licensing & Business Support Team Leader Email: Email:

Publication date: 13/11/2017

Date of decision: 10/11/2017

Effective from: 18/11/2017

Accompanying Documents: