Hillingdon Council’s Cabinet has given its approval for an updated Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in a meeting held on Thursday 27 July.
The new PSPO aims to address public nuisance issues and improve the overall quality of life for residents across Hillingdon, encompassing areas like Ruislip, Hayes, and Northwood.
The PSPO serves as a vital tool in combatting anti-social behaviour, ensuring that council-owned parks and public spaces remain safe and enjoyable for both residents and visitors. Following a consultation with the community in May, which elicited an impressive response with over 120 feedback submissions, the council has now finalised the revised PSPO.
The majority of respondents expressed satisfaction with the council’s approach to PSPOs, with 69 per cent acknowledging that the draft PSPO effectively covered or partially addressed major anti-social behaviour concerns in their respective areas.
Set to take effect from 5pm on Friday 4 August, the updated PSPO retains existing prohibitions on alcohol and drug misuse, idling vehicles, use of drones, urination, defecation, spitting, and being in charge of more than four dogs (six with a valid license).
However, several new orders have been introduced to enhance its effectiveness in tackling specific issues.
Among the newly added measures is a ban on the use of amplification equipment in town centres, including Uxbridge, Hayes, and Ruislip. Additionally, the updated PSPO also prohibits smoking and vaping within children’s play areas, bringing dogs into children’s play areas, driving e-vehicles or motor vehicles over footways, leaflet distribution without consent, and car meets or street racing amongst other things.
To enforce the PSPO conditions, the council has granted powers to the police, council officers, and authorised personnel. Failure to comply with the PSPO orders could result in hefty fines of up to £1,000 if taken to a magistrates’ court.
Ruislip Lido visitors and other green spaces are urged to take note of the prohibition on using amplification equipment to avoid potential fines. The comprehensive update to the PSPO is set to enhance safety and improve the overall experience of public spaces in Hillingdon, ensuring that residents and visitors can enjoy themselves free from anti-social behaviour.
Cllr Eddie Lavery, Hillingdon Council’s Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “The new 2023-26 orders address concerns raised by residents during the consultation and will help us maintain safe and strong communities that continue to put them first.
“PSPOs are there to help deal with the few who ignore the rules, cause harm and are a nuisance in the community and will hopefully act as a deterrent.”