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PUBLIC NUISANCE: Residents could receive £1,000 fine for vaping in Hillingdon play areas

 Published on: 8th August 2023   |   By: Darius Morgan   |   Category: Uncategorized

Vaping in children’s play areas in Northwood and Ruislip is now considered an offence.

Following a consultation with residents, Hillingdon Council’s Cabinet approved its new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) on July 27.

PSPOs are used to tackle public nuisance issues that have a negative impact on residents’ quality of life in council-owned parks and public spaces.

New additions to the order, which will be in action over the next three years, include smoking or vaping in children’s play areas. Dogs are also disallowed from the same areas.

Driving e-vehicles or motor vehicles over footways, leaflet distribution without proper consent, and street racing are also listed.

In Ruislip but not in Northwood, use of amplification equipment and the placing of tables, stands, and signage in the town centre is prohibited.

Flouting these new conditions could see residents punished with a fine of up to £1,000.

Councillor Eddie Lavery, Hillingdon Council’s cabinet member for residents’ services, said: “The new 2023-26 orders address concerns raised by residents during the consultation and will help us maintain safe and strong communities that continue to put them first.

“PSPOs are there to help deal with the few who ignore the rules, cause harm and are a nuisance in the community and will hopefully act as a deterrent.”

To report anti-social behaviour and to find out more about Public Space Protection Orders, visit Hillingdon Council’s webpage.

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