Hounslow’s Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) 2022

Closes 24 Feb 2022

Opened 13 Jan 2022

Overview

Hounslow Council is consulting on the introduction of a Public Space Protection Order to tackle alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in public spaces.

As part of the borough’s Safer Communities Strategy 2021-2024, work is underway to keep Hounslow a low crime borough.  A Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) provides an additional tool to support this ambition. 

Background

In 2017 Hounslow Council implemented a borough-wide Public Space Protection Order allowing the police to enforce against people found drinking alcohol and causing anti-social behaviour. This Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) expired in 2021. It is proposed that another three-year Public Space Protection Order be introduced to impose the same restrictions.

What is a Public Space Protection Order?

A Public Space Protection Order is a power under Section 59 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The intended use of this is to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular area that is damaging to the local community's quality of life, by imposing conditions on how that area is used. Public Space Protection Orders are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority of people can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.

What will the restrictions of the Public Space Protection Order include?

The Public Space Protection Order will impose the same restrictions as the previous borough Public Space Protection Order, which expired in 2021, on the consumption of alcohol in public spaces where anti-social behaviour is involved.

What we will aim to achieve with this Public Space Protection Order ?

  • Reduced alcohol related anti-social behaviour in public spaces
  • Improve quality of life for residents and visitors to Hounslow and free from alcohol related anti-social behaviour
  • Ensure the law abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces free from anti-social behaviour and drink alcohol responsibly

See below for more details - PSPO Q&A January 2022

Why your views matter

We would like to see if the proposed Public Space Protection Order has the support of those affected by it, and who will benefit from it. That is why we are asking for views, suggestions and feedback on this.
We are also seeking feedback on whether residents are happy for the continuation of existing borough-wide discretionary powers held by the Police and enforcement officers, to request the surrender of alcohol where anti-social behaviour is occurring or is likely to occur as a result of alcohol consumption.
 
All those living, working, visiting and studying in Hounslow may respond to the consultation.

If you want to provide feedback, you can complete the online questionnaire or you can email us at: Community.safety@hounslow.gov.uk or send comments by post to: C/o Community Safety Team, Hounslow House, 7 Bath Road, Hounslow TW3 4EB.

Give us your views

Areas

  • All Areas

Interests

  • Community Safety and Enforcement