Public Spaces Protection Order for Hammersmith Town Centre

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.

Last year, 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.

A PSPO, created by the 2014 Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, deals with particular nuisances or problems in a defined area that affects the local community’s quality of life. It involves imposing restrictions on the use of that area. This is to stop individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in public spaces.

Restrictions and controlled zone

We make this order, being satisfied on reasonable grounds that the activities set out below have had or are likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality. We are also satisfied that the effect, or likely effect, of the activities are unreasonable and justify the restrictions imposed by the order for the purpose of reducing antisocial behaviour in a public place.

The activities described below are prohibited from 1 August 2019:

Use of amplifiers

1. Restrictions:

  • 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.

Here's a copy of the signed order (pdf 548KB), including a map of the controlled zone. You can also view the map separately.

Hammersmith Town Centre PSPO controlled zone map
Hammersmith Town Centre PSPO controlled zone map


You can report breaches of the PSPO to us:

This phone number is not a dedicated number solely for PSPO breaches. All calls go through to our contact centre.