The Wandsworth Council and the “local police” are planning to apply for a “Designated Public Place Order (DPPO), which will make outside public spaces in Roehampton and Putney Heath ward alcohol free areas.”
The announcement was made on Thurs, Feb 7.
According to the press release, the plan is to bar public consumption of alcohol to combat problems caused by “35 or so street drinkers” on the Alton and Putney Vale estates. The council hopes that the DPPO will be “warmly” received by businesses and residents in the area, “some of whom have complained of intimidation by problem drinkers on the estates.”
Under the DPPO, constables and police community support officers would be able to confiscate alcohol from people who are caught drinking — if they refuse to stop. Drinkers could also face an on-the-spot fine or arrest.
The DPPO would cover the wards including “hotspots such as Danebury Avenue, Portswood Place and Putney Vale, to deter the problem drinkers from simply relocating to another spot nearby.”
Outreach workers will also work with the drinkers to offer support and treatment.