Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) are a tool to address anti-social behaviour (ASB) and its impact on individuals and communities.
They are council-led and are designed to prohibit certain activities – or to require that people do certain things when engaging in certain activities – within a defined public area.
History of PSPOs in Merton
In 2013 the council made the Alcohol Consumption in Designated Public Places London Borough Merton Order 2013, which created a borough-wide "Controlled Drinking Zone". In 2017 this order transitioned into a PSPO under the provisions of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. This PSPO expires on 20 October 2020.
Looking at the available evidence, the results of the consultation with the public, police and community representatives and the equalities impact assessment, in 2020 the council implemented a PSPO, to address alcohol-related ASB in the 5 Wards below.
- Cricket Green
- Figges Marsh
- Lavender Fields and
Find out which ward you live in to see if you are in the affected area.
You can also view a map of the affected area:
Effect of the PSPO
The order gives authorised officers of the council and the police the power to:
- require an individual to stop drinking alcohol (or anything reasonably believed to be alcohol) in public where the individual is causing or likely to cause nuisance or annoyance or
- confiscate alcohol (or anything reasonably believed to be alcohol).
- Anyone who does not comply with the request to stop drinking, or surrender any alcohol, will be issued with a £100 fixed penalty notice. This must be paid within 14 days to avoid prosecution. There is no discount for early payment. If the fixed penalty is not be paid and the council prosecutes, on conviction the court may impose a fine of up to £500 and order the council costs to be paid.
- Anyone who does not stop drinking, or surrender any alcohol, may be required to provide their name or address. It is an offence to refuse to do so, or to give a false, or inaccurate, name or address. Anyone who commits such an offence will be issued with a £100 fixed penalty notice. There is no discount for early payment. If the fixed penalty is not be paid within 14 days the council may prosecute. On conviction the court may impose a fine of up to £1000 and order the council costs to be paid.
The order was made on 13/10/2020 and comes into force at 0001 hours on 21/10/2020.
Due to some loss of detail in the scanning process of the sealed order, please see a supplementary version of Plan 1 Ward – Cricket Green
Other areas of Merton
There are other tools to address anti-social behaviour and these will be utilised in the other areas of the Borough, as and when required.
The current order will last for 2 years unless extended before expiry. It may also be varied as necessary.
Should evidence indicate that further PSPOs are necessary to combat ASB in other areas within the borough, the council will consider using its powers to make further PSPOs.
Public Consultation 2022
Safer Merton are currently consulting on what should happen from October 2022 when the current PSPO expires. We would welcome your thoughts and views.