Have your say: Council launches new safety order to tackle anti-social behaviour

Published: Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Havering Council is seeking residents’ views on its proposed Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to tackle increasing anti-social behaviour in Romford town centre.

A (PSPO) is a list of conditions to control or stop certain types of behaviour in a defined area. The area can be as wide as a borough or a local as a parade of shops.

The council is holding a 28-day consultation beginning on Wednesday 1 March and will run until Wednesday 5 April.

The consultation focuses on the proposed conditions of the PSPO, which includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • No consumption of alcohol outside of a licensed premises or designated drinking area
  • No possession, consumption or sales of psychoactive substances, controlled substances or illegal substances
  • No spitting (including chewing gum), public defecation or urination
  • No begging  

Councillor Osman Dervish, Cabinet member for Community Safety, said:

“The safety of our residents and visitors is vital to us. Romford Town Centre has been subject to a Drinks Banning Order since May 2004; however, this order is due to be phased-out and will be replaced by the proposed new and more all-encompassing PSPO.

“I encourage residents and businesses to send us their views."

Residents can find a full list of all the proposed conditions on the consultation and comment on the proposed PSPO conditions via www.havering.gov.uk/consultations.

Alternatively, residents and businesses can write to: RTC-PSPO Consultation, Community Safety & Development, The Flat, Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, RM1 3BB or call 01708 726 060.

There will also be a gazebo at Romford Market from 9am to 4.30pm on Friday 31 March, where residents and businesses can have their say and find out more.