Home Information for Residents Community Community Protection Public Spaces Protection orders Consultation in respect of Nottingham City Centre Control of Access to Specified Car Parks Public Spaces Protection Order

Purpose of Consultation

Nottingham City Council is seeking the views of those who live in, work in or visit the city centre, and the views of those who use, or may have used, public city centre car parks in respect of a proposed Public Spaces Protection Order that it is intended will apply to the city centre car parks listed below.

Whilst the proposed PSPO will focus on the car parks listed below, the Council would also be interested to learn of any experiences that respondees to this consultation have had in any other city centre car parks.

Car Parks covered by the Proposed PSPO

The proposed PSPO will cover the following car parks:

NCP Mount Street car park, Mount Street, Nottingham, NG1 6HG

NCP St James Street car park and NCP St James Street car park 2, 5 St James’ Street, Nottingham, NG1 6EY

NCP Maid Marian Way car park (previously known as Arndale Centre car park), Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, NG1 6AE

Lace Market car park (previously known as Fletcher Gate car park), Pilcher Gate, Nottingham, NG1 1QE

NCP Stoney Street car park, Stoney Street, Nottingham, NG1 1LSTrinity Square car park, North Church Street, Nottingham, NG1 4AF

Trinity Square car park, North Church Street, Nottingham, NG1 4AF

NCP Huntingdon Street car park, Union Road, Nottingham, NG3 1FG

Crowne Plaza car park, Wollaton Street, Nottingham, NG1 5RH

Euro car park, Upper Parliament Street, Nottingham, NG1 6LD

SIP car park (Avalon Court), 5 Kent Street, Nottingham, NG1 3LS

PSPO Legislation

PSPOs were introduced by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and can be made by a local authority if they are satisfied, on reasonable grounds that

  1. Activities carried on in a public place have had a detrimental impact on the quality of life of those in the locality, or it is likely that activities will be carried on and they will have that effect and
  1. The effect/likely effect of the activities is/or is likely to be persistent/continuing in nature, is likely to be such as to make the activities unreasonable, and justifies the restrictions imposed.

Where the above test is met, a PSPO may prohibit specified things being done in a public place that is identified in the order, and/or require specified things to be done by persons carrying on specified activities in that area.

Behaviours and Issues

Evidence from a variety of sources indicates that there are a variety of behaviours occurring within Nottingham city centre public car parks that are potentially having a detrimental effect on bona fide users of those car parks and thus those living in, working in or visiting the city centre, particularly multi-storey/covered public car parks.

These behaviours include drug taking and dealing, the leaving behind of drug paraphernalia, urination and defecation, begging, theft of and theft from vehicles and vehicle damage. The behaviours pose risks to health and property, have the potential to intimidate lawful users of the car parks, and reduce feelings of safety and well-being amongst lawful users

The proposed PSPO would restrict access to public car parks specified within the order to bona fide car park users (i.e. those parking and retrieving vehicles) and others, specified in the order, with valid reason for access i.e. emergency services, landowners, car park staff, utility companies etc.

A copy of the proposed PSPO can be viewed here.

The views of those who use public city centre car parks and those who live in, work in or visit the city centre are important to us, and we want to hear your views on public city centre car parks and whether you support the terms of the proposed PSPO, so please complete the attached survey by 1st of November 

If you wish to know more about PSPOs or the consultation process, please look at our Frequently Asked Questions.


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