Public Space Protection Orders


To address the concerns and complaints of residents and visitors to the District, the Council intends to renew the Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in respect to dog control as well as making a number of new Public Spaces Protection Orders in relation to alcohol, BBQs, lit fires and unauthorised parking.

It is important that we listen to the opinions of citizens and stakeholders before implementing changes such as these - that's why we are inviting you to give us feedback on the issues raised in the consultation document (see below). We are particularly interested to hear from people who use the public spaces listed.

A consultation report will be taken to Committee to consider the renewal and adoption of the new PSPOs.

A report of the results from this consultation activity will be published here on our website within six weeks of the the consultation period ending on 2 January 2018.

You can respond to the consultation in the following ways:



Post to:
Parks And Streetscene Department
Derbyshire Dales District Council
Town Hall



On 20 October 2017 the existing Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) covering Matlock becomes a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) following the introduction of the ASB Crime and Policing Act 2014.

A PSPO means that any anti-social behaviour can be dealt with by the issuing of a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) by a police office, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) and Derbyshire Dales District Council enforcement staff.

Signage advising people that they are in a PSPO area, warning of the possible consequences of anti-social behaviour, is being installed by Derbyshire Dales District Council in autumn 2017.

  • PSPOs for dog fouling have existed in the Derbyshire Dales since 2015. Here's the list of sites [PDF 92KB] covered by the dog orders - see more information below.


The DPPO was set up in Matlock in 2007, covering most areas of the town centre as a useful tool to assist with enforcement in cases of anti-social behaviour.

Under the terms of the ASB Crime and Policing Act 2014 the DPPO can automatically transfer to become a PSPO for a period of three years provided no changes are made to the original DPPO.

A review of the Matlock order will be required in 2020, when a consultation will take place. Based on the evidence of the previous three years and the enforcement of any alcohol-related elements, amendments could be made to suit the results of the consultation.

The order area is shown in the map below, the border of which is outlined in red.

Matlock PSPO area

Dog fouling PSPOs

Derbyshire Dales District Council responded to the views of local people by introducing new dog orders that became law in public spaces across the Derbyshire Dales from 1 April 2015.

Exclusion orders and a dogs-on-leads policy have been adopted in certain areas - and give council workers powers to issue fixed penalty notices to dog owners who fail to remove dog mess left by their animals in public places. Here's the list of sites [PDF 92KB] covered by the dog orders.

  • The orders seek to balance the needs of responsible dog owners against the interests of those affected by dogs, particularly children.

Whoopsies, doo-doos and poos are some of the cute names that are used to give a pleasant name to what is rather unpleasant subject.

Allowing your dog to foul on open spaces and failing to clear it up is irresponsible, highly unpleasant and also potentially dangerous. Dog faeces carry many germs. A child who plays where a dog has fouled can pick up germs which lead to illness. In extreme cases this may result in blindness. 

It is anti-social - dog mess is offensive to look at. We have all at some time, had to step carefully when walking along the pavement and had the obnoxious experience of actually treading in this mess.



Ashbourne Cemetery Ashbourne Recreation Ground
Bankcroft Picnic Area Brickyard Play Area
Cavendish Drive                     Highfield Road Play Area
Thorpe View Play Area  

 Ashford in he Water

Hall Orchard Playing Field


Bakewell Recreation Ground Bath Gardens
Burton Edge Cemetery River Walk                      


Bandstand at the Cross Beggars Plot
Bonsall Play Area and Memorial Gardens Nethergreen                      


Bradbourne Play Area


Beggars Plot                                        Town Bottom Play Area and The Peace Gardens


Brailsford Cemetery The Plain Play Area


Brassington Cemetery Picnic Area at Wirksworth Dale
The Plain Play Area                 Village Green and Play Area
Village Pond  


Play Area


Memorial Gardens Play Area                   
Scarthin St Marks Churchyard
SteepleArch Cemetery  

Darley Dale

Broadwalk Recreation Ground Morledge
Northwood Recreation Area The Parkway Play Area        
Whitworth Park and Play Area Willow Way Play Area


Burial Ground Meadow View Pathway
Playing Field                 


Village Green


Play Area


Play Area

Hulland Ward

Moss Lane Play Area 


Village Recreation Ground


Play Area


Allen Hill Park and Diana Memorial Gardens Cavendish Road Park
Denefields Dimple Recreation Ground
Hall Leys Park Hurst Rise Play Area
Megdale Community Gardens Orchard Play Area
Pic Tor War Memorial & Swan House Grass Area Smedley Street Park & Victoria Gardens
Wellfield Allotments  

Matlock Bath

Artist Corner                              Derwent Gardens and Lovers Walk
Memorial Gardens Riverside Picnic Area

Middleton by Wirksworth

Cemetery                                             Millennium Gardens and Village Green
Play Area  

Middleton by Youlgreave

Play Area


Play Area                                Rowsley Recreation Play Area

South Darley

The Plantation

Stanton in the Peak

The Green


Starkholmes Memorial         Starkholmes Playing Field  

Stoney Middleton

Playing Fields


Playing Field


Churchyard, Village Green & Footpath Heathy Lea Marked Sport Pitches    


Winster Cemetery     Winster Churchyard        
Woodhouse Lane Play Area  


Bolehill Play Area Fanny Shaws
Gorsey Bank Playing Fields Kingsfield Play Area               
St Marys and Memorial Gardens The Dale Play Area
Wash Green Play Area Yokecliffe Play Area


Allotments & Play Area  QE11 Playing fields    


Associated documents