No peeing in public: Hammersmith and Fulham Council to launch clampdown with £100 fines

Anyone caught spending a penny in Shepherds Bush’s public spaces will end up splashing out on up to £100 after the introduction of on-the-spot fines.

The Hammersmith & Fulham Council crackdown will be enforced by a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) across the Shepherds Bush Green ward from August 17.

Despite there being two public toilets in Shepherds Bush Green, one on the approach to Westfield from the Central line tube station and the other outside the Dorsett Shepherds Bush hotel, there were 42 calls to police about going to the toilet in public between July and December last year.

The council ran a month-long consultation in which 97% per cent of respondents voted in favour of introducing the new controls.

Councillor Wesley Harcourt, Cabinet Member for Environment, Transport and Residents Services, said: “Public urination has become a real problem around Shepherds Bush Green.

“We are determined to take whatever action is needed to keep our parks and green spaces as places for families and children to enjoy.

The PSPO prohibits any person from urinating or defecating in a public place in the ward and will be enforced by police officers, neighbourhood wardens, parks police and street scene officers.

The PSPO will last for three years and will then be reviewed annually to ensure it remains effective.

Picture courtesy of Flavio, with thanks

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