Hammersmith Town Centre public spaces protection order
Public Spaces Protection Order to support responsible street entertaining, busking and amplified public speaking in public spaces.
We've introduced a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in Hammersmith Town Centre to tackle noise nuisance from busking, street entertainment and public speaking that uses amplifiers.
In 2019, we consulted with residents on this issue and a significant majority told us that something should be done to address it. After listening to residents’ concerns, we decided the best course of action was to introduce a PSPO.
What are the restrictions?
The activities described below are prohibited from 1 August 2019:
Use of amplifiers
- you are prohibited from using microphones, loudspeakers, megaphones, loud hailers or any other similar equipment designed to amplify the volume of speech or music (except at events authorised by the council)
- you are prohibited from using mains electricity or generator power for the purposes of amplification.
It is an offence for a person without reasonable excuse to engage in an activity that is prohibited by this order. A person found to be in breach of this order is liable on summary conviction to a maximum penalty of £1,000 or to a fixed penalty notice of £100 (reduced to £60 if paid within 10 days).
Why are the powers needed?
These powers are designed to balance the rights of residents and visitors to enjoy our public spaces, with the need to tackle noise nuisance efficiently.
View the full order
- Hammersmith Town Centre public spaces protection order
The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014
Section 59 Public Spaces Protection Order
London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham hereby makes the following Order:
No person shall partake in amplified street entertaining/busking/public speaking in the area of Hammersmith Town Centre as shown outlined on the attached map in accordance with the restrictions below, as defined by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
This Order comes into force on 1st August 2019 for a period of three (3) years.
THIS ORDER is made by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (in this order called “the Authority”) because The Authority is satisfied on reasonable grounds that activities carried out or likely to be carried out in a public space, namely Hammersmith Town Centre, shown outlined in red on the map.
- Have had or are likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality
- Are or are likely to be unreasonable and
- Justify the restrictions imposed
The council is satisfied that the following activities have been or are likely to be carried out in the public space:
- Use of amplifiers
- You are prohibited from using microphones/loudspeakers/megaphones/loud hailers or any other similar equipment designed to amplify the volume of speech or music (except at events authorised by the council)
- You are prohibited from using mains electricity or generator power for the purposes of amplification.
This order will come into force on 1 August 2019 and lasts for a period of three (3) years.
2. What happens if you fail to comply with the order?
It is an offence for a person without reasonable excuse to engage in an activity that is prohibited by this Order. A person found to be in breach of this Order is liable to a Fixed Penalty Notice fine of £100 (reduced to £60 if paid within 10 days). A Police Constable, Police Community Support Officer or other authorised person may issue a Fixed Penalty Notice to anyone he or she believes has committed an offence, to be paid within 14 days. Failure to pay the fine due under the Fixed Penalty Notice may lead to prosecution in the Magistrates Court and a maximum fine of £1000.
Any challenge to this order must be made in the High Court by an interested person within six (6) weeks of it being made. An interested person is someone who lives in, or regularly works in or visits the restricted area. This means that only those who are directly affected by the restrictions have the power to challenge. The right to challenge also exists where an order is varied by the Council.
This order shall remain in place until 31st July 2022.
……………………………………………………………….. Matthew Hooper
Chief officer for safer neighbourhoods and regulatory services. Hammersmith & Fulham Council
…………………………………………………………………. Helen Harper
Superintendent. Metropolitan Police
View a copy of the signed order: Hammersmith Town Centre PSPO (pdf 548KB)
To report PSPO breaches contact:
- Neighbourhood wardens
For further information contact:
- Community safety unit
- 020 8753 2816