Spitting, begging, street drinking consultation for Romford town centre

PUBLISHED: 12:31 01 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:32 01 March 2017

Beggar people and human poverty. Male hands of homeless person with cent coin charity in city street

Beggar people and human poverty. Male hands of homeless person with cent coin charity in city street


In a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour in Romford town centre, Havering Council is seeking residents’ views on a proposal to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).

A PSPO - a list of conditions to control or stop certain types of behaviour in a defined area - may be brought to Romford as a 28-day consultation has launched today asking for people’s opinions.

The consultation focuses on the proposed conditions of the PSPO, which includes, but is not limited to, street drinking, possession, consumption or sales of psychoactive substances, controlled or illegal, no spitting and no begging.

No unlicensed street trading, charity solicitation, also known as “chugging”, or busking with amplified equipment.

Cllr Osman Dervish, cabinet member for community safety, said: “The safety of our residents and visitors is vital to us.

“Romford town centre has been subject to a Drinks Banning Order since May 2004, however, this order is due to be phased-out and will be replaced by the proposed new and more all-encompassing PSPO.

“I encourage residents and businesses to send us their views.”

The consultation will end on April 5.

Residents can find a full list of all the proposed conditions on the consultation and comment on the proposed PSPO conditions announced by Havering Council by visiting

Alternatively, residents and businesses can write to: RTC-PSPO Consultation, Community Safety & Development, The Flat, Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, RM1 3BB or call 01708 726 060.

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