We want your views on the new Street Drinking PSPO. The existing order expires in October and the council wants the new order to be in place when the old one expires. Share your views by completing our survey. The consultation runs from 27 July to 6 September 2020. Have your say now.

Have your say on the introduction of a new Street Drinking Public Space Protection Order in Lambeth. The existing Order expires on 19th October 2020 and the Council plans for this new PSPO to be in place as the old order expires.

The order targets alcohol consumption in public places associated with anti-social behaviour. It requires those in breach of the order to surrender their alcohol to Council or Police officers, or face a fine. If fines are not paid, offenders will be prosecuted. Data analysed by the Council has confirmed that street drinking within Lambeth continues to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality. This detriment concerns the following ways:

a) Serious crime linked to street drinking;

b) Public nuisance in the form of intimidation and inappropriate behaviour towards members of the public, sometimes linked to congregation in groups;

c) Impact on high street businesses in the form of loitering and aggressive begging outside of business premises and on the high street;

d) Waste in the form of littering in public spaces including; housing estates, residential roads, parks and open spaces, and town centres; and

e) The magnification of vulnerabilities associated with some individuals who are frequent street drinkers, the risk they pose to themselves and other members of the public.

If the PSPO is not introduced, it would mean that authorised officers, namely Council and Police officers, would not be able to efficiently and effectively resolve Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) issues associated with the consumption of alcohol in public places.

Please see the recommendation to consult report and evidence base for the Council's full rationale and any further details.

How to respond

This consultation ended on Sunday 6 September 2020 and is now closed for responses.