London Borough of Barnet

Residents consulted on new measures to tackle public drunkenness

Published Thursday 7 June 2012

Barnet Council has launched a consultation with residents on proposals for the creation of a borough-wide Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) to control crime, disorder and nuisance associated with drinking in public places.

If implemented, the DPPO will give police the powers to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime associated with the consumption of alcohol across the whole borough.

The order would expand on the four DPPOs which are already in place in North Finchley, Finchley, Hendon and Cricklewood town centres.

The powers would mean if a person continues to drink in the area when asked not to do so by a police officer, they could be arrested or fined up to £500 if convicted by a court.

Police officers would also be able to arrest anyone failing to surrender alcohol when asked to do so.

The powers, in addition to promoting responsible drinking, will be complimented with access to support services for people with chronic alcohol issues.

The powers are not intended to disrupt peaceful activities such as a family enjoying a picnic in a park with a glass of wine.

The proposals for a borough-wide order have been formulated because of the extent of existing DPPOs and suggestions for additional orders in four other town centres.

It would also help to tackle any displacement of anti-social behaviour from town centres already covered by orders.

Councillor David Longstaff, Cabinet Member for Safety and Resident Engagement, said: “Anti-social behaviour, whether it’s alcohol related or not, can be a real blight on our residents’ lives and some of our town centres.

“These orders are not intended to disrupt peaceful activities, but they can, combined with the right support, be a useful tool in tackling crime and disorder associated with drinking in public places.

“That’s why we would like to hear residents’ views on proposals for borough-wide measures.”

For more information and to view the consultation visit the Engage website

The consultation closes on 4 July 2012.

Contact press officer: Nick Griffin