Public Space Protection Orders

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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.

PSPOs can be used to tackle issues such as

  • street drinking
  • drug taking
  • aggressive begging
  • use of threatening
  • and insulting language or behaviour and street prostitution.

In PSPO areas police officers, police community support officers, council officers and persons delegated by the council can enforce the restrictions and may issue fixed penalty notices.

Breaching a PSPO restriction is a criminal offence and can result in the issue of a £100 fixed penalty notice, or a fine of up to £1,000 if prosecuted.

More information on PSPO's

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.

Background 

The original PSPO was approved in 2017.

After a public consultation the order has now been extended for another 2 years, until 2022. 

After 2 years the order will be reviewed.

Original PSPO (2017) covering Walthamstow, Leyton and Leytonstone

Waltham Forest Council approved the introduction of a Public Spaces Protection Order on 4 September 2017 to wards in Walthamstow, Leyton and Leytonstone.

PSPOs are used to tackle issues such as street drinking, drug taking, aggressive begging, use of threatening and insulting language or behaviour and street prostitution. In areas covered by the PSPO, police officers, police community support officers, council officers and persons delegated by the council can enforce restrictions and may issue fixed penalty notices.

Breaching a PSPO restriction is a criminal offence and can result in the issue of a £100 fixed penalty notice, or a fine of up to £1,000 if prosecuted.

PSPO (2020) extension: consulting with the public to extend the PSPO covering Walthamstow, Leyton and Leytonstone until 2022.

Supporting documents

On Thursday 10 October 2019, the London Borough of Waltham Forest introduced a new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in northern wards of the borough (Highams Park and Chingford). The PSPO will run until 2022, at which time the Council will consider applying for an extension to the order.

The PSPO gives police and council officers greater powers to tackle the following offences:

  • Failing to cease consuming alcohol or failing to surrender any unsealed containers which are reasonably believed to contain alcohol, when required to do so by an Authorised Officer in order to prevent public nuisance, anti-social behaviour or disorder
  • Begging in an aggressive or intimidating manner
  • Behaving in a manner which is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress
  • Urinating, defecating, spitting or littering in a public place
  • Parking or otherwise causing a motor vehicle to stop on zig zag marking outside school premises during operative hours

Breaching a PSPO restriction is a criminal offence and can result in the issue of a £100 fixed penalty notice, or a fine of up to £1,000 if prosecuted.

Supporting documents