Harrow is set to see a crackdown on anti-social behaviour with the introduction of a refreshed, borough-wide protection order.
Supported by Harrow Council, local police and community groups, these measures aim to maintain clean and safe public spaces across Harrow.
Starting from March 1st, breaching the borough-wide Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) will result in a £100 fine. The updated orders now encompass offences such as the use of fireworks in streets, loitering, causing distress, and walking more than four dogs without a permit.
Following community feedback, further consultations will take place, particularly regarding dog controls in Bentley Priory Nature Reserve.
Prior to enforcement, the council will engage with the public to ensure awareness of the new regulations. Detailed information, including an interactive map outlining restricted activities, can be found online.
Cllr Anjana Patel, cabinet member for Highways, Infrastructure and Community Safety said: “Like our residents, we want a clean and safe borough. Sadly, there some people who have no respect or pride for their neighbourhoods.
“Our protection order puts residents first by taking immediate enforcement action against those making areas unpleasant to live, work and visit. We hope this will make them think twice before acting anti-socially.
“We want to ensure people are aware of the new orders before we begin enforcement in March. Our officers will be informing people in the meantime where a breach is seen.”
The PSPO empowers authorities to swiftly address environmental offences with a £100 fixed penalty notice, offering an alternative to court proceedings. Depending on the severity, offenders may still face prosecution and conviction by the courts.
In response to local input, the order concerning Bentley Priory Nature Reserve will undergo further consultation and will not be implemented at this time, Harrow Council have confirmed.
A decision will be reached following the completion of the consultation process.