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Hillingdon Council to ban begging, being under influence of drugs and leaving your car running

The Public Space Protection Orders already forbid a number of anti-social behaviours but the council plan to extend them

Begging is set to be banned by the council(Image: Getty Images)

Urinating, being under the influence of drugs, begging and leaving your car running in Hillingdon could be banned in public as the council plan to toughen up antisocial behaviour rules.

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) already forbid a wide range of antisocial behaviour but Hillingdon Council will be extending them from mid April to include other “nuisance behaviour.”

The orders were introduced by the government in 2014 and they identify specific public places and criminalise certain behaviours in those areas.

The council's cabinet member for community, commerce and regeneration, Councillor Douglas Mills , said: “Everyone has the right to live in a safe place and peaceful environment.

“PSPOs are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.

“By broadening the scope of the PSPO, we will have greater powers to address a wider range of anti-social activities that are detrimental to the local community's quality of life.”

Under current rules, PSPOs cover street drinking, spitting, dog fouling, camping, lighting fires, driving vehicles off-road and leaving food out for animals, amongst other things.

Now the council wants to extend these powers to cover verbal abuse, intimidation, being under the influence of drugs, begging, soliciting money, lighting fireworks, relieving yourself in public, and leaving parked cars with the engine running.

PSPOs have been seen as controversial by campaign group Liberty, who believe the powers are used against “the most vulnerable in our society, the homeless.”

Liberty, a civil liberties and human rights campaign group, also said that PSPOs have been used to limit freedom of speech and the right to protest.

Hillingdon Council is seeking the opinions of residents before the changes come into force in the middle of April.

You can submit your comments to the public consultation by visiting the council website.

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