Public Spaces Protection Orders

Information on the Orders in force

Watford currently has two Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) in place.

1. A PSPO exists in Albert Road South to prohibit entry to non-commercial vehicles. The PSPO runs from 8:00pm till 4:30am each Friday, Saturday and Monday evening through to the following day. The order makes it an offence for any person in a non-commercial vehicle to enter Albert Road South during the prescribed times. This order is managed by the police by means of directions given by officers at the entrance to Albert Road South. The order is in place to assist the flow of commercial traffic using the service roads and assists the dispersal from the town and supports the management of the night time economy. The maximum penalty for failing to comply with the order is £500. The order does not apply to residents of Albert Road South. The order will be in force until December 2017.

2. A PSPO exists preventing the consumption of alcohol in public spaces. The order is in force 24hrs a day. A map is available showing the area which is covered by this order. The order applies to all public areas within the bounds of the order as defined by the map. This includes  all public parks, play areas, cemeteries, footpaths and any area to which the public have access within the open air within the prescribed area. The order replaces the previous Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) formally known as ’no drinking on the street area’. The PSPO makes it an offence to fail to cease the consumption of alcohol within the prescribed area when asked to by a police officer, police community support officer or accredited officer. The order also makes it an offence to fail to surrender any container of alcohol when requested to do so by a police officer, police community support officer or accredited officer. Failure to comply with either request can lead to the issuing of a notice for disorder or court summons and a maximum fine of £500. The area defined is marked by signs. The order will be in force until October 2020.

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