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Brick Lane PSPO

The council, police and partner agencies consistently receive a large volume of complaints regarding serious and persistent anti-social behaviour in the Brick Lane area. This is a nuisance and is detrimental to the quality of life for residents, businesses and people visiting the area.

A three year Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) was introduced on 1 May 2017, giving the police and council enforcement officers enforcement powers if conditions in the order are breached.  

View the Brick Lane PSPO

The council completed a public consultation period with the public and partner agencies regarding the proposed PSPO and the vast majority of respondents were in favour of the PSPO.  


The order aims to restrict anti-social behaviour such as:

  • Shouting, swearing and behaviours causing annoyance, harassment, alarm or distress
  • Touting and soliciting business
  • Urinating or defecating in public places
  • Begging and seeking alms

Busking and amplified sound

The council are not banning busking, but are limiting the impact this is having on local residents and their quality of life:

  • Busking is not permitted in the area between 9pm and 8am.
  • Busking during the daytime must be limited to a maximum of 30 minutes in one location. After this time they must move to another location more than 100m away and not return within 2 hours.
  • Loudspeaker or amplification of sound by electronic means is not permitted between the hours of 9pm and 8am.


It is not an offence to drink alcohol in a controlled drinking zone. However, it is an offence to fail to comply with a request by an authorised person, to cease drinking or surrender alcohol in a controlled drinking zone. If alcohol is confiscated, it can be disposed of by the person who confiscates it.

Consequences of breaching the PSPO

The order will be enforced by officers from the Metropolitan Police and council officers.

It is an offence to not comply with the restrictions of the PSPO. This may be dealt with by the issue of a fixed penalty notice or fine for £100. There is a substantial discount for paying this within a specified time period. Information on how to appeal or challenge it will be on the reverse of the notice.

The police and council may also use their other actions and powers to prevent anti-social behaviour within the PSPO area. This enforcement action could be a warning or extend to legal proceedings in court. The enforcement is dependent on the level or severity of anti-social behaviour and the perpetrators’ previous history of anti-social behaviour.

Area covered by the Brick Lane PSPO

The PSPO coversBrick Lane from Old Montague Street to Bethnal Green Road and extending approximately 100m into the adjacent side streets, to include: 

  • Old Montague Street
  • Wentworth Street
  • Hopetown Street
  • Frostic Walk
  • Chicksand Street
  • Fashion Street
  • Heneage Street
  • Fournier Street
  • Princelet Street
  • Wilkes Street
  • Hanbury Street
  • Buxton Street
  • Blackmans Yard / Grimsby Street
  • Sclater Street
  • Bacon Street
  • Cygnet Street
  • Chilton Street
  • Code Street
  • Allen Gardens Park
  • Osborn Street 
  • Cheshire Street, up to and including Wood Close
  • The Flower and Dean Estate, including: Flower and Dean Walk, Thrawl Street and Nathaniel Close
  • Granby Street
  • Goldman Close
  • Fuller Close
  • Kerbala Street
  • Bentworth Court
  • St Matthews Row
  • St Matthews Churchyard

Map of the PSPO area: