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Loitering, begging and spitting ban consultation begins in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 October 2016 | UPDATED: 12:09 28 October 2016

Redbridge Council enforcement officers handling evidence. Picture: Ajay Nair

Redbridge Council enforcement officers handling evidence. Picture: Ajay Nair

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Redbridge Council is seeking to ban street urination, aggressive begging and "badly organised public events" in three areas in the borough.

In a drive to tackle and reduce anti-social behaviour, the council is proposing to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) across Clementswood, Loxford and Valentines wards.

If implemented, it will be an offence for residents and visitors to participate in activities including anti-social busking, anti-social fundraising, street drinking and “loitering in an intimidating way”.

The proposals have been drawn up in response to ongoing complaints from residents and businesses about anti-social issues and Cllr Ross Hatfull, cabinet member for civic pride, said councillors want to take action against perpetrators.

“PSPOs are about improving the quality of life for people who live, work and visit our borough,” he said.

“We want to take every step we can to discourage any form of anti-social behaviour in the borough and we want to take action on those who spoil the area for others.”

A consultation will run until Tuesday, January 3, 2017, and if agreed the PSPO will come into effect in the spring and last for a period of three years.

During this time, it will be an offence for anyone to take part in any of the anti-social behaviour in the specified areas after being told not to by police or council officers.

The PSPO is possible due to legislation introduced back in October 2014, which allows councils to place an order where persistent anti-social behaviour is having a detrimental effect on the quality of life for people in the community.

To take part in the survey, visit redbridge.gov.uk/haveyoursay.

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