Hammersmith & Fulham Council recently asked residents for their thoughts on whether council and police officers should continue to have powers to ask people to stop drinking alcohol in public, if it’s causing anti-social behaviour.
Almost 90 per cent of respondents agreed – so we’ve extended those powers until October 2023.
Authorised officers can also confiscate alcohol, or ask people to dispose of their drinks. Anti-social public drinkers risk a £100 fine if they refuse.
“The vast majority of people visiting our parks and public spaces behave responsibly, even when enjoying some alcohol,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of H&F Council.
“However, there’s a small minority who can spoil things for the rest when under the influence of alcohol, so these powers enable us to take swift action to keep the borough safer and more pleasant for everyone.”
The council has extended the powers after listening to residents and will continue to work closely with them to identify any locations in H&F where they may have particular concerns about this issue.
Why are the powers needed?
These powers are enforced using a borough-wide Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO).
They are designed to balance the rights of residents and visitors to enjoy alcohol responsibly in our public spaces with the need to efficiently tackle any anti-social behaviour.
Authorised officers can ask people to stop drinking and to dispose of or surrender their alcohol if they believe they are causing, or are likely to cause, anti-social behaviour. Those who refuse may receive a fine of £100, or even be prosecuted.
The powers have been used more than 500 times since they were introduced three years ago and help keep our streets and parks safe and pleasant for everyone.
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