Council consults on plans to extend PSPO to combat antisocial behaviour

Published: 11 March 2019

Residents are being asked for their views on plans to extend the powers of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) covering the west of the borough.

In efforts to tackle antisocial behaviour, a PSPO has been in place in that area to prevent street drinking.

Now the council wants to update the PSPO to crackdown on other issues such as aggressive begging, spitting and illegal events.

The full PSPO would cover Bridge, Monkhams, Churchfields, South Woodford, Wanstead Village and Wanstead Park wards and intends to address:

  • Street drinking
  • Aggressive begging
  • Urination and/or defecation in a public place
  • Loitering that is causing distress, alarm or harassment  
  • Spitting
  • Illegal events

The consultation opened today (11 March) and if agreed will come into effect this Summer for three years.

Local councils can place orders where persistent anti-social behaviour is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life for people in the community.

Breaches of the order could result in prosecution and/or a fine of £100, that must be paid within two weeks.

Cllr Bob Littlewood, Cabinet Member for Crime, Safety and Community Cohesion said: “Everyone has a right to feel safe without being faced with anti-social behaviour which impacts everyday lives.  We are proposing to extend this PSPO to further improve the quality of life for people who work, live and visit the west of the borough.  We want to take every possible step to deter all forms of damaging behaviour in the borough and these plans show how serious we are about clamping down on those acting anti-socially and spoil our neighbourhoods for others.”

Complete the online consultation.

The consultation closes on 31 May 2019.

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