Poll: Camden Council looks to introduce £100 fines for those caught urinating in public
PUBLISHED: 15:49 14 September 2015 | UPDATED: 15:49 14 September 2015
People caught urinating in public could have to pay a hefty £100 fine as Camden Council looks to take advantage of new anti-social behaviour powers.
Complaints from Camden residents over people urinating in the streets and outside their homes has prompted the launch of a public consultation on the introduction of on-the-spot fines.
Known as Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO), the powers would allow the police and any accredited council officers to fine or prosecute offenders.
It comes after the passing of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Police Act 2014, which gives local authorities a range of new powers to tackle anti-social behaviour problems.
The council said the problem of public urination was “often but not exclusively associated with areas where there are a high number of licensed premises.”
Residents and businesses are being asked for their views on whether or not a PSPO should be implemented and for any other comments on the scheme.
Asking the question, “Fed up with people urinating outside your home?”, the Camden Safer Neighbourhood Board is urging residents support the fines being available not only in night-time hotspots but the entire borough.
The group said: “One of the questions the survey asks is whether the order should be limited to places affected by Camden’s nightlife or if it should cover the whole borough.
“The Community Safety Board discussed this and strongly felt these powers should cover the whole of Camden. The feedback from Safety Views shows that urinating in public is a common concern throughout the borough.”
To take part in the survey, click here. The consultation closes on September 27.
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