Ropemakers PSPO

The council, police, and partner agencies got many complaints about ongoing anti-social behaviour in the Ropemakers area and the Thames Pathway. The behaviour was a nuisance and harmed the quality of life for residents, businesses, and visitors in the area.

A three year Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) started on 1 March 2018. This order gives the police and council officers power to enforce it if its rules are broken.

The council asked the public and partner agencies for feedback on the proposed PSPO. Most people supported the PSPO.

After reviewing feedback from stakeholders and the public, the council made changes to the PSPO order on 1 March 2021. The council later updated the order on 1 May 2021, to include a small pathway between 40 and 42 Milligan Street after consulting with stakeholders and the public again. 

Following another public consultation, the PSPO has been extended again from March 2024 for three years until March 2027.

View the Ropemakers PSPO


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

  • reckless driving or cycling
  • congregate in a group of more than two people between 5pm and 6am if causing or likely to cause nuisance, alarm or distress
  • use vehicles within the park or on the Thames Pathway
  • race vehicles, or cycles or drive recklessly
  • be in possession of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia

Consequences of breaching the PSPO

Officers from the Metropolitan Police and council officers will enforce the order.

It is an offence to not follow 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 can use their powers to stop bad behavior in the PSPO area. They may give a warning or take the person to court, depending on how bad the behavior is and if they did it before.

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).
  • Milligan Street and the pathway between 40 & 42
  • Milligan Street leading to the Limehouse Link (E14)