Hounslow’s Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) 2022

Closed 24 Feb 2022

Opened 13 Jan 2022

Results updated 14 Apr 2022

Following the Consultation that took place between 13 January and 24 February 2022, the results have been analysed and a report sent to Cabinet on 22 March 2022.

The overwhelming response was in favour of the Public Space Protection Order being introduced for another three-year period starting on 1 April 2022. This has been signed by Niall Bolger, Chief Executive.

The feedback from the consultation highlighted the following results.

  • 92.48% agree that alcohol related ASB is a concern within the borough,
  • 90.23% in favour of a borough wide PSPO.
  • 45.86% agree with the order, however stated that they did not feel the conditions of the order would be sufficient in tackling alcohol related ASB. Insufficient manpower to manage this behaviour being a top contributor, suggestion further interventions to enforce regulations, which could include treatment for addictions being readily available. There was also a high consensus regarding licensed premises and late opening times, being a concern in the borough.

The order will provide the opportunity to prevent the escalation of more serious crimes being committed and people not feeling safe and being harassed in public spaces.  It also contributes to keeping public spaces clean, however rather than seeing the order as solely an enforcement mechanism, with communication, signage, and awareness campaigns, it will be a key component in supporting our preventative approach to keeping the borough safe. 

We are aware that street drinking can be connected to individuals who are problematic drinkers or are alcohol dependent. For some, this may also be combined with drug dependency, or other vulnerabilities such as mental health problems, unstable accommodation, and rough sleeping.

We recognise that enforcement alone will therefore not address the causal issues presented, and we have forged partnerships between our Enforcement Team and support services such as Addiction Recovery Community (ARC) and our new Park Rangers service, who will be key to achieving a reduction in street drinking.

Thank you to everyone that took part in this consultation and the comments provided. This will assist the Council in identifying key locations within the borough for signage, where residents are most impacted by this behaviour.  

The survey results are attached below, along with a copy of the 2022 Public Space Protection Order.

 

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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.

What happens next

The Public Space Protection Order will be advertised on Hounslow Council website and social media accounts.

 When will it come into force?

The Public Space Protection Order will come into force in April 2022.  The Council has the option to vary or discontinue the Public Space Protection Order if the behaviours stop or change.

Areas

  • All Areas

Interests

  • Community Safety and Enforcement