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Fight against anti-social behaviour in Romford continues

Published: Tuesday, 17 November 2020

Havering Council has extended the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in Romford Town Centre – which continues to crack down on anti-social drinking.

The existing Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) has been in place since 2017 and has now been extended for a further three years.

Cabinet agreed on 14 October to extend the PSPO, following a public consultation that saw the vast majority of respondents support the Council’s plans.

The PSPO restricts people from consuming or carrying open containers of alcohol in the town centre, except in licensed premises. Those breaking the rules could face a Fixed Penalty Notice.

The PSPO does not affect the possession or consumption of alcohol in clubs, pubs and bars and other places licensed to serve alcohol, and will not affect the purchase of alcohol from off-licences within the Town Centre for consumption elsewhere.

Councillor Viddy Persaud, Cabinet Member for Public Protection and Safety, said:

“I’d like to thank everybody for their feedback during the consultation.

"Extending this order will help ensure we have the powers to continue cracking on unacceptable behaviour in Romford.

"This will help us keep the town centre a safe and enjoyable space for everyone.”