New powers to tackle street drinking in Brent given the go-ahead

13 September 2017

New powers to tackle street drinking in Brent given the go-ahead

The crackdown on anti-social behaviour in Brent has been given a boost with the introduction of new powers to combat street drinking on a borough-wide scale.

On Monday evening (September, 11), Brent Council’s Cabinet backed proposals to introduce a borough-wide Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to tackle street drinking and the anti-social behaviour it often causes across Brent.

This follows a successful pilot scheme earlier this year, where PSPOs were introduced in six areas in the borough known to be street drinking hotspots. A breach of a PSPO is a criminal offence and can carry a fine of up to £1,000.

Cllr Tom Miller, Brent Council Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities, said:

“I am confident we can create a borough that residents feel safe and protected in, and the introduction of this borough-wide PSPO will boost our efforts to get rid of street drinking and anti-social behaviour in Brent, whilst making sure that those who need help for substance abuse are given the support they need.

“These new powers combine with the recent work we have been doing in improving our CCTV and getting more police on our streets, and underlines our commitment to make Brent a safer place for everyone.”