Residents give their views on scheme to tackle anti-social behaviour

Residents are being asked to give the Council their views of a scheme designed to cut alcohol-related anti-social behaviour in and around Gillett Square and Ridley Road.

The scheme, known as a Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) was set up by Hackney Council and the police in January last year, after local residents and businesses expressed concern about the behaviour of street drinkers in the area. It gives police the power to confiscate alcohol being consumed in the area if people are causing a nuisance and to prosecute people causing drink-related anti-social behaviour.

The DPPO was introduced along with increased police patrolling in the area, and a programme to help and support street drinkers.

A year on, the Council wants residents’ views on how effective the scheme has been, whether they believe that anti-social behaviour has reduced in the area, and whether the Council should extend the scheme further to more streets in the area. It currently covers the area around Gillett Square and Ridley Road, but the proposal is to extend it to an area bordered by Shacklewell Lane in the north, Dalston Lane in the south, and Cecilia Road to the west.

Cllr Alan Laing, Hackney’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “People who drink and cause alarm and distress to others can really make people’s life a misery and a DPPO gives the police additional powers to deal with them. It was set up in response to local people’s concerns, so we want local people to tell us how they think it’s working and whether we should extend it.”

Chief Inspector Bob Rowlands of Hackney Safer Neighbourhoods, said,
“The drinking zone has been an excellent first step in reducing the problem of street drinkers in Dalston and we believe it has had a positive impact on the community. Since its inception, over 145 penalty notices have been issued, 23 arrests have been made and we are currently in the process of applying for a number of ASBOs against prolific street drinkers. We would encourage local residents to get in touch and let us know their opinions on an extension to the scheme.”

You can find out more and give your views online at or email Richard Lewington, call 0207 275 3066.