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Council cracks down on public urination in Shepherds Bush

People caught urinating in or around Shepherds Bush Green are to be prosecuted or fined up to £100 by Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

The crackdown will be enforced by a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) across the Shepherds Bush Green ward from Monday 17 August.

Following complaints from residents, the council ran a month-long consultation in which 97 per cent of respondents voted in favour of introducing the new controls.

“Public urination has become a real problem around Shepherds Bush Green. We are determined to take whatever action is needed to keep our parks and green spaces as places for families and children to enjoy,” said Councillor Wesley Harcourt, Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents Services.

The PSPO prohibits any person from urinating or defecating in a public place in the ward. It will be enforced by police officers, neighbourhood wardens, parks police and street scene officers.

There were 42 complaints to police about urination or defecation in Shepherds Bush Green ward between July and December last year.

There are two paid-for public toilets in the ward, one on the approach to Westfield from the Central line tube station and the other outside the Dorsett Shepherds Bush hotel on Shepherds Bush Green.

The PSPO will last for three years and will then be reviewed annually to ensure it remains effective.