The conditions imposed by the Public Spaces Protection Order are as follows;
(as authorised under the Hopes Nose PSPO by virtue of Section 68 Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014)
1.No individual shall be permitted within the area edged red on the map above to catch more than 20 mackerel within any 24 hour period. Any surplus mackerel must be returned to the sea immediately.
2.At the request of an Authorised Officer, an individual must show all caught fish to that Officer for inspection (an Authorised Officer is an Officer of Torbay Council, Devon & Cornwall Police and/or Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust and their representatives).
3.An individual shall immediately leave the area edged red on the map above when directed to do so by an Authorised Officer and must not return to that area within 48 hours of that direction.
4.No camping shall be permitted at any time within the area edged red on the map above.
5.No individual shall be permitted to erect a tent, shelter, bivouac or anything of a similar nature within the area edged red on the map above.
6.No individual shall drop, deposit or leave any form of litter or waste within the area edged red on the map above.
7.No individual shall be permitted to light a fire, barbeque or anything of a similar nature within the area edged red on the map above.
8.No individual shall be permitted to be associated with a fire, barbeque or anything of a similar nature within the area edged red on the map above.
9.No individual shall intimidate, obstruct or interfere with another individuals enjoyment of the area edged red on the map above.
Below is the Public Space Protection Order Sign for Hopes Nose.
Boundaries of Hopes Nose project site.
Hopes Nose is a registered Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The main objectives of the project are to preserve and manage this area to enable a balanced recreational area with open access which protects its flora and fauna.
It is a unique and significant coastal area of Torquay, recognised formally as a Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI) and important for the Global Geopark status enjoyed by Torbay.
A natural beauty spot enjoyed by walkers, geologists, ecologists, anglers and other recreational users both local and from further afield. The geology of the area is of international importance and as such brings people from all over the world. It is therefore important for leisure and tourism in Torbay. The site is managed by Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust (TCCT).
It is an area of protruding coast accessible only on foot via a footpath down from Ilsham Marine Drive, or via the sea. It is an extremely popular angling spot by fisherman casting from the rocks due to the position the ‘platform’ of rock commands into the sea. Different species of fish are targeted by anglers. It is reliable mackerel fishing, these can be caught in large numbers.
Over the years the area has been misused resulting in vast quantities of litter being left, the result of picnics, BBQs / campfires, camping and waste associated with angling. Most people who take part in angling and other leisure activities at Hopes Nose do so responsibly and with respect for the environment, however, a significant few are ruining the area for everyone and risk the site being closed to the public.
Torbay Council has been working with TCCT, Devon & Cornwall Police and ourselves to address these issues and has introduced a Public Spaces Protection Order under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The order imposes certain conditions on all people who visit and use the area.