Public Spaces Protection Orders

Street drinking can lead to antisocial behaviour and in some parts of Southampton is controlled by Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs).

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 carried out a public consultation, which showed strong support for controls on street drinking in some parts of the city. You can view the areas covered by the PSPO's below

The PSPOs restrict street drinking (which is the consumption of alcohol in a public place).

A person who fails to comply with the requirements of the PSPO by drinking alcohol in a public place is committing an offence and may be issued with a £100 fixed penalty notice.

The PSPO also provides 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

If you are concerned by your, or someone else’s use of drugs and/ or alcohol, help is at hand.

Southampton Drug and Alcohol Support Services can be contacted directly though the contacts below.

Young People aged 24 years or under

DASH – Open access advice, information, brief intervention, assessment and care coordination service for young people.
Telephone: 023 8022 4224
Address: 13 High Street, Southampton, SO14 2DF
Website: No Limits

Adults aged 25 years and over

CGL Southampton – Open access, single point of contact, access advice, information, brief intervention, assessment and care coordination service.
Telephone: 023 8071 7171
Address: Change Grow Live, 50-52 London Road, Southampton, SO15 2SF
Website: CGL Southampton

Other organisations that might help