Notice of the Extension and Variation of the Public Spaces Protection Order

28 July 2020


PSPO introduced covering north of borough

On 9 July 2020, following public consultation, Cabinet agreed to the extension and variation of the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) that covers Walthamstow, Leytonstone and Leyton.

The PSPO will begin on Saturday 5th September 2020 and will be in place for 2 years.

Below you will find information on:

You will see references to ‘authorised persons’ or ‘authorised officers’; this term refers to people employed by the Council or the Police.

Contents of the PSPO

The new PSPO is written to tackle the following offences:

  1. No person shall refuse to stop drinking alcohol (unless they are in a licensed premise or at a venue where a temporary event notice is in place) or hand over any containers (sealed or unsealed) which are believed to contain alcohol, when required, to do so by an authorised officer in order to prevent public nuisance or disorder.
  2. No person shall beg in a manner reasonably perceived to be intimidating or aggressive.
  3. No person shall be verbally abusive to any person or behave in a way which causes or is likely to cause harassment alarm or distress to another person.
  4. No person shall urinate, defecate, spit or leave litter in a public place. This includes the doorway or alcove of any premises to which the public has access.
  5. No persons shall gather in groups of 2 or more whilst engaging in nuisance or criminal behaviour. This will not apply to persons going to or from a parked vehicle or waiting for a scheduled bus at a designated bus stop unless they are engaging in nuisance or criminal behaviour.
  6. No person shall cause a motor vehicle of any description to stop on zig zag markings outside a school premises during prescribed hours as indicated by the appropriate signage.
  7. No driver or passenger of a moped/motorbike or similar form of transport shall gather in groups of 3 or more or drive/ride in such a way to cause harassment, alarm, distress or annoyance to the community.

The PSPO also states any authorised person can instruct someone to leave an area if they are believed to be breaching the PSPO by:

  1. consuming alcohol in the manner described in paragraph (a) above
  2. by behaving in a manner which is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress
  3. Begging in an aggressive or intimidating manner

Download a copy of the Notice of the Extension and Variation of the Public Spaces Protection Order

More information 

More information including

  • current PSPO's
  • previous PSPO's
  • consultations
  • and history

can be found on our Public Space Protection Orders pages.