Public spaces protection orders (PSPOs)

PSPO 2024 - Street drinking

Street drinking is sometimes associated with anti-social behaviour, causing high levels of noise, rowdy and nuisance behaviour, harassment and intimidation of passers-by, as well as the littering of cans and bottles, vomiting and urination in public spaces. There are often further concerns linked to underage drinking, sexual activity, criminal damage and/or substance misuse. Therefore, the council have put in place a PSPO that will last for 3 years and cover the whole of Slough. This PSPO gives police and authorised officers extra powers to tackle street drinking and the associated anti-social behaviours (ASB) linked to drinking in public spaces.

The current terms of the Order are to prohibit the following activities within the Borough:

  • The consumption of alcohol or being in possession of an open container that is reasonably believed to contain alcohol. This provision does not apply to alcohol being consumed within premises licenced under the Licensing Act 2003 or s115E of the Highways Act 1980
  • Refusing to stop drinking alcohol or hand over any containers (sealed or unsealed) which are believed to contain alcohol, when required to do so by a police officer or authorised officer.

Download a copy of the PSPO.