Public Space Protection Orders

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) are used to help tackle anti-social behaviour, with the aim of ensuring public spaces can be enjoyed free from anti-social behaviour.

We use PSPOs to control behaviour that is either having, or is likely to have a harmful effect on a local community's quality of life.

PSPOs are introduced under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which gives local authorities the power to restrict certain behaviours within a specified area.

Breach of a PSPO without a reasonable excuse is an offence.


PSPOs in force in Redbridge

The Ilford Town and additional wards Anti-social Behaviour Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) comes into force on the 17 October 2023 and will remain in force for a period of three years.

The order applies throughout the wards of:

  • Ilford Town
  • Valentines
  • Clementswood
  • Loxford
  • Barkingside
  • Cranbrook
What the PSPO prohibits
Consumption of alcohol in public places
Public urination and/or defecation

Anti-social busking, busking outside designated areas and/or for more than 2 hours, no return within 24 hours.


The three designated areas are:

  • Cranbrook Road, Outside of Ilford Station
  • High Road Ilford (on the pedestrianised area) outside of Primark
  • Chapel Road (on the plaza) outside of Sainsbury’s

Fundraising not within designated areas and restrictions.

The designated areas for fundraising are on the pedestrianised area of the High Road between 88 and 175 High Road.

  • 3 fundraisers between Clements Road and Chadwick Road
  • 3 fundraisers between Chadwick Road and Oakfield Road (no further than the ornamental clock)
Groups of two or more persons refusal to leave an area when asked by an officer to prevent
antisocial behaviour, public nuisance or disorder
Events taking place without the approval of Redbridge Safety Advisory Group, in line with their
terms of reference

Street gaming and street gambling

Distribution of unauthorised advertising materials

Ilford Town Centre and additional wards Public Space Protection Order 2023 (PDF 432KB)

Failure to comply

 If you fail to comply, this is an offence carrying a maximum fine of £1,000 or £100 Penalty Notice.

The Prostitution Related Activity Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) came into force on 20 August 2021 and will remain in force for a period of three years.

What the PSPO prohibits

No person shall be verbally abusive to any person or behave in a way which causes or is likely to cause harassment alarm or distress to another person.

No person shall attempt to buy sexual services from another person.

Where does it apply?

The prostitution related activity PSPO is borough wide, applying to the following public places specified in the order:

  • the whole of the London Borough of Redbridge, applying to all parks and open spaces owned, managed or maintained by the London Borough of Redbridge.
  • all highways, including all roads, foot-ways, footpaths, alleyways and grass verges within the London Borough of Redbridge.

Prostitution Related Activity PSPO (PDF 261kb) 

Failure to comply

 If you fail to comply, this is an offence carrying a maximum fine of £1,000 or £100 Penalty Notice.

PSPO's do not apply on:

  • licensed premises that hold a Premises Licence or Club Premises Certificate under the Licensing Act 2003 or
  • a place within their curtilage
  • premises holding a Temporary Event Notice to sell alcohol during the times on the notice and for 30 minutes thereafter or
  • places where alcohol may be consumed or sold by virtue of a Pavement Licence or Street Trading Licence

    If we are the licence holder or the premises are occupied by us or managed by or on behalf of us, the PSPO has no effect when the premises are being used for the sale or supply of alcohol and for 30 minutes thereafter.


Failure to comply

Authorised council officers, police officers, PCSOs and others authorised by the council, may issue a £100 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) to anyone who breaches the PSPO. If they do not pay the fine or we decide to pursue this matter through the Court instead, this can result in a fine up to £1000.

More information

You can find out more information on Public Space Protection Orders regarding the control of dogs on the GOV.UK website.

The relevant section of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 regarding PSPOs can be viewed online.