Public Spaces Protection Orders

What is a PSPO?

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a particular area that is detrimental to the local community’s qualify of life, by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone.

They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces without experiencing anti-social behaviour. 

How does the PSPO work?

  • Breach of a PSPO is a criminal offence subject to, up to a level three fine on prosecution (up to £1,000)
  • A warning will be issued upon the first instance of a breach
  • Further breach will result in the issuing of a Fixed Penalty Notice (£75), payable within 14 days
  • If paid within ten days, a discounted charge of £50 is applied
  • Payment of the FPN discharges liability to conviction for the offence

The police will work in partnership with the council to ensure the effective enforcement of these new regulations.

Current PSPOs for migrant workers in Queensbury and Cricklewood

Queensbury and Cricklewood migrant workers

We currently have two PSPOs running in the Queensbury and Cricklewood areas. This PSPO prohibits businesses and residents from picking up casual labourers in these areas, and from coaches dropping off large numbers of people.

An overwhelming majority of residents in both areas agreed with the proposals, and the PSPOs were put in place in September 2015. 

These prohibitions are designed to tackle the following issues, which were raised by residents in the area:

  • Migrant workers sleeping, erecting shelters and encampments in parks and green spaces
  • Criminal damage, extensive littering and defecating in parks and public spaces
  • Anti-social behaviour causing distress to local residents
  • Exploitation of the casual workers – low wages, no regulations or health and safety at work. 

Boroughwide PSPOs to prohibit street drinking 

Brent Council has now implemented a boroughwide Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) from 20 October 2017 until 19 October 2020 to prohibit street drinking.

These prohibitions are designed to tackle the following issues:

  • Street drinking in the identified hotspot areas of Brent
  • Provide a proportionate response to the identified drinking problem 

Outcome

The aim of the PSPO is to reduce anti-social behaviour in our drinking hot spot areas and also ensure that those who are vulnerable, with alcohol and substance misuse problems are supported. We also hope to enforce against individuals who are not complying with the order and work with the Licensing Team to discover businesses that might be complicit. 

Background

After a pilot programme in six wards in Brent from April to September 2017, it was agreed to support the PSPO to go boroughwide.  

Alongside the PSPO powers, Change Grow and Live (CGL) are commissioned by Brent Public Health to engage and support, hard to reach / vulnerable street drinkers. Through Brent’s Local Joint Action Groups, CGL and B3 we will support vulnerable street drinkers identified in those areas to help them access treatment and other support services to turn their lives around.

Prohibitions

The effect of the Order is to impose the following prohibitions and / or requirements at all times:

Alcohol

Any person is prohibited from, at any time, consuming alcohol or having an open alcohol container, in the restricted area unless subject to exemptions listed in Appendix 1 below.

(i) In this area any person who without reasonable excuse continues consuming alcohol in the restricted area when asked to stop by a Police Officer, Police Community Support Officer or authorised person from the council under Section 63 of the ASB Crime and Policing Act 2014 or fails to surrender any alcohol in his / her possession when asked to do so by a Police Officer, Police Community Support Officer or authorised person from the council is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level two on the standard scale or if in receipt of a Fixed Penalty Notice to a penalty of a maximum of £100.

Neasden Town Centre PSPO consultation

In accordance with the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, Brent Council is conducting a consultation over the proposed introduction of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to ban the practice of operating a transport service without the written authority of Transport for London or the London Borough of Brent by means of coach, minibus or other similar conveyance which terminates or stops within the restricted area and in so doing is likely to cause nuisance, annoyance or harassment to others by reason of numbers of persons or vehicles congregating, inconsiderate positioning of vehicles or other similar behaviour.

Since April 2017 there have been volume reports from residents and businesses In Neasden Town Centre of weekly scheduled transport stops predominantly by Romanian companies, often involved in dropping people and goods.  These activities tend to increase in frequency over the Thursday, Friday and Saturday, up until the early hours of the morning.

The consequences of these activities has seen an evidenced increase in obstructive parking, harassment, waste accumulation and noise nuisance. There is also data which supports increased drinking in the area by some of these cohorts. 

Brent was successful in implementing a Public Spaces Protection Order in Honeypot Lane in 2015, prohibiting unscheduled drop offs in that area. The effectiveness in policing that order has resulted in a displacement of these activities into Neasden Town Centre. 

Proposed area:

From Prout Grove heading east crossing Dudden Hill Lane along Lennox Gardens to jct Park View Road, heading north along Park View Road crossing Dollis Hill then continuing along Cairnfield Avenue to jct Avondale Avenue crossing Avondale Avenue to meet North Circular Road A406, then heading south to jct with Neasden Lane, along Neasden Lane to jct with Prout Grove. This includes any roads, open spaces, communal spaces within the mapped outlined area.

Proposed Prohibitions:

Within the area described, the following is prohibited:-

  1.      To operate a transport service without the written authority of Transport for London or the London Borough of Brent by means of coach, minibus or other similar conveyance which terminates or stops within the restricted area and in so doing is likely to cause nuisance, annoyance or harassment to others by reason of numbers of persons or vehicles congregating, inconsiderate positioning of vehicles or other similar behaviour.

If a PSPO is introduced, those in breach face an instant £100 fixed penalty fine or possible criminal prosecution. If introduced, the PSPO will be enforced by a partnership of the police and council.

For more information and to comment on the proposal

These issues affect your community, and we want to involve you in tackling them. With this consultation we hope to:

  •                      Make you aware of the reasons for making an application for a PSPO
  •                      Allow you to make any comments on the proposal
  •                      Support local residents in improving their quality of life
  •                      Prevent further anti-social behaviour, crime and disorder