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Ilkley PSPO

Following escalating anti-social behaviour over a number of years, Bradford Council would like to consider a PSPO for the Ilkley riverside area. Prohibitions would relate to offensive behaviours that causes alarm, harassment or distress with the intentions of also authorising West Yorkshire Police, with delegated powers to enforce any breaches of PSPO.


Ilkley riverside attracts many visitors, especially during periods of warm weather. A minority of visitors have engaged in behaviours that and sometimes threaten and intimidate other visitors. This includes: abuse of alcohol and/or drugs, excessive noise, using foul or abusive language, threatening behaviour or violence and littering. The proposed boundary for the PSPO can be found at Appendix A.

Jumping off the footbridge has become a common occurrence, especially in periods of hot weather. The shallow water around the bridge puts those who do jump off the bridge at risk of injury.

This has caused Bradford Council to have to close the footbridge, on occasion, causing significant inconvenience to both local residents and visitors, as well as a drain on Police and Council resources to enforce the closure


The effect of this Order is to prohibit the following activities in public spaces within the restricted area, as follows:

Person(s) within the restricted area are prohibited from:

a) Behaving in a way, including by congregating in a group, that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm, distress or concern for safety to another person in a public place; 

b) Threatening, abusing or intimidating other people within the restricted area

c) Using foul or abusive language

d) Alcohol abuse and/or drunken behaviour

e) Refusal to stop drinking alcohol or hand over any containers (sealed or unsealed) which are believed to contain alcohol, when required, to do so by an authorised officer in order to prevent public nuisance or disorder

f) Being under the influence of controlled drugs or other psychoactive substance;

g) Causing an obstruction or jumping from the footbridge over the River Wharfe connecting Ilkley with Denton Road and Middleton Woods. 

h) Lighting or being in control of a fire or barbecue;

i) Littering -  not to throw down, drop or otherwise deposit and then leave, litter in any place.

j) Camping overnight in tents, caravans or camper vans. No sleeping out of doors over night

Any person who fails without reasonable excuse to comply with a requirement imposed on him/her by this Order or does anything that he is prohibited from doing by this Order commits an offence under section 67 of the Act and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale or may be issued with a fixed penalty notice requiring payment of a sum not exceeding £100.



















Ilkley PSPO boundary map

PSPO Order - Ilkley Riverside