Redbridge Council is proposing to introduce new rules on what can and can’t be done in its parks, including Christ Church Green and George Green, which would tackle a range of anti-social behaviours.
The measures, known as a Public Spaces Protection Order, would include:
- Drinking alcohol (when asked to stop by an authorised officer)
- Damaging trees and plants
- Using or selling drugs
- Urination, spitting and begging
- Holding informally organised events, except those authorised by the council
- Loitering in groups and refusing to disperse (when asked by an authorised officer)
- Flying drones
A public consultation (available here) is currently asking for views on the proposals. If approved, the plan would bring Christ Church Green into line with the rules introduced two years ago on the High Street.
The consultation comes after Redbridge proposed to set up a café kiosk on the green which would have an alcohol licence and through which small events could be organised. There were objections from some nearby residents who feared the licence could lead to problem drinking on the green, but a PSPO would give the council the powers to intervene if it happened. It is thought the kiosk proposal might be resubmitted in a new form.