New order now in place to tackle anti-social drinking

Published: Thursday, 28 September 2017

A new Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to tackle anti-social drinking has been agreed for Romford Town Centre and will go live imminently.

Last week, at the Council’s Cabinet Meeting, Councillors reviewed and agreed the introduction of a PSPO to restrict the consumption of alcohol and also the possession of an open container of alcohol within Romford Town Centre, except in licensed premises.

The PSPO will replace the current Drinks Banning Order which restricts the consumption of alcohol within the ring-road but ends next month. The new order also expands the restricted area and will now include Romford County Court, Queen’s Hospital and the Romford Retail Park all the way to Roneo Corner.

Those breaking the rules could be given a Fixed Penalty Notice by a Police Officer, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) or an authorised Council officer. If the matter is taken to Court, a fine will also be ordered.

The PSPO will not affect the possession or consumption of alcohol in clubs, pubs and bars and other places licensed to serve alcohol.

Councillor Osman Dervish, Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety, said:
“We are pleased that we have new powers to crack down on alcohol related anti-social behaviour in Romford town centre. Last month, we ran a consultation on the proposal of this PSPO and there was an overwhelming support for the new order. The PSPO will help us to ensure that the borough is kept safe and is an enjoyable space for everyone. The safety of residents is paramount and we need to use all powers possible to ensure this.”