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Ropemakers PSPO

The council, police and partner agencies received a large volume of complaints regarding serious and persistent anti-social behaviour affecting the Ropemakers area and the Thames Pathway. 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 March 2018, giving the police and council enforcement officers enforcement powers if conditions in the order are breached.  

View the Ropemakers 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:

  • cause nuisance, harassment, alarm or distress
  • congregate in a group of more than two people after dark
  • urinate or defecate in a public place
  • use vehicles within the park or on the Thames Pathway
  • race vehicles or cycles or drive recklessly
  • use intoxicating or psychoactive substances
  • be in an intoxicated condition
  • dispose of litter or waste other than in bins provided
  • refuse to stop drinking or hand over any containers (sealed or unsealed) which are believed to contain alcohol, when required to do so by an authorised officer within the restricted area. If alcohol is confiscated, it may be disposed of by the officer who confiscates it
  • obstruct public officers.


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. 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 Ropemakers PSPO

The boundaries for this PSPO are:

  • Northey Street (E14 8BT)
  • Brightlingsea Place (E14 8DA and E14 8DA) 
  • Shoulder of Mutton Alley (E14 8BY)
  • Ropemakers Fields (Local authority park and E14 8BX)
  • Narrow Street (from 1 Blyths Wharf E14 8BF to 154 Narrow Street, E14 8BP including E14 8BB and E14 8BD)
  • Barleycorn Way (E14 8DE)
  • Three Colt Street south of Narrow Street (E14 8BB and E14 8BD)
  • The Thames Pathway adjacent to Dundee Wharf and to the rear of Dunbar Wharf (E14 8AX)
  • The Thames Pathway and green area to the south of the Limehouse Link emergency access point and maintenance yard, up to Belgrave Court (E14 8RL and E14 8RJ).


Consultation on Ropemakers PSPO

We are carrying out a targeted consultation on extending and varying the Ropemakers PSPO (in Limehouse ward). The current PSPO is due to expire on 1 March 2021.

The council is proposing to extend the PSPO for a further three years, vary the order to include different conditions and to make a small extension to the boundary to include Milligan Street.

The council’s proposal is based on a review of the conditions with community safety practitioners, interviews and engagement with local stakeholders and partners and data on antisocial behaviour in the area (fines and reports).

We would like to hear what you think about our proposal to extend the PSPO. The consultation will run from Wednesday 16 December until Friday 15 January.

You can share your views by contacting SaferNeighbourhoods@towerhamlets.gov.uk. Please include 'Ropemakers' in the subject line of the email if you are sharing views on the proposal.

If you require more information about the consultation or more detailed information, you can also request this from SaferNeighbourhoods@towerhamlets.gov.uk.