Public Spaces Protection Orders

On 29 April 2016, Southampton City Council introduced Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) to control street drinking and begging within the city.

The Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 enables the council to create PSPOs to control activities carried out in a public place, which have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality.

The council has carried out a public consultation, which showed strong support for the introduction of the PSPOs. Five localities were identified where street drinking and begging are having a detrimental effect on the quality of life. Choose a location to view the PSPO, together with a map showing the area covered by the order:

The PSPOs restrict street drinking (which is the consumption of alcohol in a public place) and begging. The orders will be enforced by the police.

A person who fails to comply with the requirements of the PSPO by drinking alcohol in a public place or by begging is committing an offence. Police officers and police community support officers (PCSOs) can issue that person with a fixed penalty notice of £100.

The PSPO also provides police officers and PCSO with the power to require a person drinking alcohol in public to surrender their alcohol (or anything which is reasonably believed to be alcohol).

The PSPOs will not stop the consumption of alcohol in any area licensed for the sale and supply of alcohol during normal licensing hours, such as a bar within the area covered by a PSPO.

Help, information and advice

Services for people concerned by their own or someone else's drug and /or alcohol use

Adults (25 years and over)

2 The Carronades, New Road, Southampton, S014 0AA
Telephone: 023 8071 7171
Website: Change grow live- Southampton Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service

Young People (24 years or under)

Address: 13 High Street, Southampton, SO14 2DF
Telephone: 023 8022 4224
Website: No Limits

Service supporting people to access help for homelessness

Two Saints homeless day centre
Address: 30 Cranberry Avenue, Southampton SO14 0LT
Telephone: 023 8022 3443

Other organisations that might help