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Public Space Protection Orders

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) were introduced as part the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, and were one several new tools for use by councils and their partners to address anti-social behaviour (ASB) in their local areas.

The PSPOs in effect in Royal Greenwich are designed to improve the quality of life of all residents, and of and visitors to the Royal Borough and after a public consultation sought to gauge the views of local residents, businesses, and other interested parties, two new PSPOs in force across Royal Greenwich. The Orders remain will remain in force for three years and will require further public consultation to consider extension on 30 October 2023.

View the borough-wide and priority area orders.

Borough-Wide Order

Dog Fouling

Any person who without reasonable excuse, in any place to which the public have access whether on payment or otherwise, fails to immediately remove dog mess left by a dog in their control, or fails to remove dog mess when asked to do so by a Constable, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) or Council Officer commits an offence and may be liable to prosecution.

Leads (On Public Highways & Housing Land in Town Centres)

Any person who without reasonable excuse, on any public highway or town centre as shown on the map, fails to keep a dog in their control on a lead, or fails to place a dog on a lead when asked to do so by a Constable, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) or Council Officer commits an offence and may be liable to prosecution.

Dog Exclusion Zones 

Any person who without reasonable excuse within the Royal Borough of Greenwich, allows a dog in their control to enter any enclosed outdoor children's play area where there is signage to say that dogs are not allowed, or fails to remove a dog when asked to do so by a Constable, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) or Council Officer commits an offence and may be liable to prosecution.

Alcohol Control where linked to ASB

Not to engage, either individually or with others, in any place to which the public have access whether on payment or otherwise, in alcohol-related anti-social or criminal behaviour, that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

Any person who fails without reasonable excuse, to surrender any alcohol in their possession and if requested, leave the area and not return for 48 hours when asked to do so by a Constable, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) or Council Officer, commits an offence and may be liable to prosecution.

Misuse of Car Parks

Not to engage, either individually or with others in any public car park, in anti-social or criminal behaviour, that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to the local community.

Consumption of Drugs and Psychoactive Substances

Not without reasonable excuse to; consume, inhale, inject or smoke, any substance capable of stimulating or depressing the central nervous system to create a ‘high’, in any place to which the public have access, whether on payment or otherwise.

Any person who, without reasonable excuse, fails to surrender any such substance in their possession, and if requested, leave the area and not return for 48 hours when asked to do so by a Constable, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) or Council Officer, commits an offence and may be liable to prosecution.

Misuse of Fireworks

Not to discharge (except at a Council authorised event) or throw any firework, in any place to which the public have access, whether on payment or otherwise. Also, any person who is reasonably believed to be intending to discharge or throw any firework in a manner that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, must surrender any firework in their possession and if requested, leave the area and not return for 48 hours when asked to do so by a Constable, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) or Council Officer during the months of October and November.

Any person who fails without reasonable excuse, to surrender any firework in their possession, or leave an area and not return for 48 hours when asked to do so by a Constable, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) or Council Officer commits an offence and may be liable to prosecution.

Priority Areas Order

Alcohol Control

Not to be in possession of any open container, containing or purporting to contain alcohol, except in licenced premises in priority areas, as shown on the map.

Any person who fails without reasonable excuse, to surrender any alcohol in their possession when asked to do so, and if requested, leave the area and not return to [location] for 48 hours by a Constable, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) or Council Officer commits an offence and may be liable to prosecution.

Restriction on Significant Anti-Social Behaviour, Individually or as a Group

Not to engage, either individually or with others, in any place to which the public have access whether on payment or otherwise, in anti-social or criminal behaviour, that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to the local community in priority areas, as shown on the map.

Any person who fails without reasonable excuse to stop the behaviour and if requested, leave the area as shown on the map and not return for 48hrs when asked to do so by a Constable, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) or Council Officer, commits an offence and may be liable to prosecution.

Anti-Social Loitering Within 10m of a Cashpoint

Not to loiter at or within ten metres of any cash machine, unless waiting to use the machine for its proper purpose.

Any person who fails without reasonable excuse to leave the area and not return for 48hrs when asked to do so by a Constable, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) or Council Officer, commits an offence and may be liable to prosecution.

Anti-Social Use of Vehicles on Pavements/Pedestrian Areas

Not to ride or drive any self-propelled or mechanically propelled vehicle in any place to which the public have access, whether on payment or otherwise, in a manner that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

Any person who fails without reasonable excuse, to stop riding or driving any self-propelled or mechanically propelled vehicle in such a manner when asked to do so by a Constable, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) or Council Officer, commits an offence and may be liable to prosecution.

Anti-Social Use of Amplification

Not to use sound amplification equipment in any place to which the public have access, whether on payment or otherwise, at a volume or in a manner, that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

Any person who fails without reasonable excuse to reduce the volume or stop using the amplification equipment, and if requested, leave the area and not return for 48 hours when asked to do so by a Constable, Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) or Council Officer, commits an offence and may be liable to prosecution.