Consultations and surveys Street drinking Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) statutory consultation

Why we are consulting on Public Spaces Protection Orders

This consultation is now closed.

We have spoken with our partners, community groups, councillors and businesses about the impact of alcohol consumption and whether people  experienced any problems with it in public spaces across the city.   

We also looked at data from our own systems and GMP data to see which areas were most impacted.   

Several areas have already had a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) put in place to control street drinking*. Before PSPOs were introduced, Designated Public Place Orders (DPPOs) were used as a tool to tackle problems caused by street drinking. 

Further consultation is now required with residents, visitors and people who work in Manchester to find out if we need Public Spaces Protection Orders to control street drinking, and if so where.

Street drinking in different areas across Manchester

Ancoats and Beswick 

  • Survey responses detailed concerns about drinking in Cutting Room Square area and Woodward Street and nearby park, causing intimidation and not being able to take their child to the park 
  • Greater Manchester Police (GMP) submitted a request for a PSPO to manage drinking around the Sportscity area and Cutting Room Square which results in increased litter and anti-social behaviour. 
  • There has been a PSPO in place in parts of the area that has made it possible to deal with on-street drinking. 

Ardwick 

  • Reports of street drinking to GMP were the highest number after the City Centre between June 2018 – June 2019 (18) 

Baguley 

  • There has been a PSPO in parts of the area to deal with on-street drinking. 

Brooklands 

  • Survey responses detailed concerns around Bowland Road and Firbank Road, resulting in lack of sleep, fear and worry about the areas.  
  • There has been a PSPO in parts of the area to deal with on-street drinking. 

Burnage 

  • Survey response details concerns at Westdean Crescent and the wider area, causing lackof sleep and litter concerns 

Charlestown 

  • Survey responses identified issues around Charlestown Road and White Moss shops, resulting in people avoiding the area 
  • Feedback from GMP identified issues in parks throughout the summer  months such as litter and concern for children in the park 

Cheetham 

  • GMP received reports  about Cheetham Hill Road, Bury Old Road area as a result of street drinking including anti-social behaviour and threats causing fear and intimidation. 

Chorlton 

  • GMP officers have identified concerns about street drinking in the Chorlton Green area, e.g.  noisy gatherings, urination and antisocial behaviour.  Residents reported concerns such as congregating, noise, litter, bad language, urinating, resulting in lack of sleep and intimidation 

Chorlton Park 

  • Residents identified problems with litter left behind from street drinking, causing concern about the look of the area. 

Clayton and Openshaw 

  • Responses highlighted Ashton Canal towpath and grass area by Holt Town tram stop as a major problem with street drinking resulting in shouting and fighting, that was described as intimidating.  

Crumpsall 

  • Numerous reports to GMP (15) about street drinking 
  • Response to survey identified concerns around Lonsdale Road and Waterloo Road with groups congregating littering and intimidating behaviour causing residents intimidation and trying to avoid the area 

Didsbury East  

  • Survey responses identified people drinking and using foul language, littering, urination in Didsbury Village 
  • The impact was reported as intimidating, frightening, feeling vulnerable. 
  • GMP also reported problems including gatherings, fights and anti-social behaviour 

Didsbury West 

  • GMP reported problems in relation to Burton Road and Cavendish Road 
  • Survey responses identified people drinking and using foul language, littering, and urination in Didsbury Village, Palatine Road, Burton Road, Cavendish Road causing fear and intimidation, disturbance and lack of sleep, and litter detritus left in the area. 

Fallowfield 

  • Survey responses identified street drinking, gatherings, noise, urination, defecation, bad language, criminal damage and vandalism. Areas include Fallowfield, Withington, Clifton Avenue, Wellington Road and Victoria Road. 
  • This causes fear and worry, lack of sleep and damage to property. 
  • There has been a PSPO in place in parts of the area to deal with on-street drinking. 

Gorton and Abbey Hey 

  • GMP reports showed that Gorton and Abbey Hey is one of the worst-affected wards for streets drinking with 10 reports in the period June 18 – June 19 
  • Survey responses identified issues with street drinking in areas including Vine Street and Delamere Street, resulting in litter in the street and children being unable to use the park. 

Harpurhey 

  • Survey responses identified street drinking as a problem in areas of Harpurhey including Monsall, Rochdale Road and Clough Road with issues  such as gatherings, noise, intimidation and littering. 
  • The impact of these behaviours included lack of sleep and fear. 
  • There has been a PSPO in place in parts of the area in place in parts of the area that has made it possible to deal with on-street drinking. 

Higher Blackley 

  • There has been a PSPO in place in parts of the area in place in parts of the area that has made it possible to deal with on-street drinking. 

Hulme 

  • A survey response detailed issues with street drinking in Hulme particularly near cash-points and off licences with groups arguing and using offensive language, making people feel uncomfortable and avoid using the facilities. 
  • There has been a PSPO in place in parts of the area in place in parts of the area that has made it possible to deal with on-street drinking. 

Levenshulme 

  • A survey response stated concerns about street drinking in Levenshulme which made the individual feel unsafe in their own home 

Longsight 

  • A resident identified street drinking along the A6 (Stockport Road), resulting in aggressive behaviours such as criminal damage to cars and offensive language. 
  • Police, Councillors and other partner agencies identified drinking in Crowcroft Park, causing anti-social behaviour, abusive and offensive language, littering, urination and defecation. 
  • This has affected the local school who have had to change their route from the park to the school as it did not feel safe for the children. 

Miles Platting and Newton Heath 

  • There has been a PSPO in place in parts of the area in place in parts of the area that has made it possible to deal with on-street drinking. 

Moss Side 

  • Responses reported concerns about street drinking in Moss Side, specifically near Flamborough Walk, causing noise, intimidation, harassment, littering, bad language and urination. People reported feeling disgusted about the place they live. 
  • Moss Side was also one of the worst affected wards in relation to incidents reported to the police connected to street drinking (16) 

Moston  

  • Responses about street drinking in Moston,  including Moston Lane, Kenyon Lane, Nuthurst Park, St Mary’s Road, Hollinwood Avenue, causingurination, loud music, anti-social behaviour, intimidation, making people feel unsafe in the local area and avoid the streets. 
  • GMP also reported experiencing issues in the Moston Lane, Kenyon Lane, Rochdale Road area resulting in ASB outside licensed premises. 
  • There has been a PSPO in place in parts of the area  to deal with on-street drinking. 

Northenden 

  • Several residents identified concerns about street drinking in Northenden, particularly groups of people congregating on Northenden Green. Behaviours were described as urinating, arguing, swearing and littering.  
  • This caused intimidation and significant disturbance to family life. Residents said they were unable to sleep due to the noise. 

Old Moat 

  • Problems with street drinking were identified in Old Moat Lane, with noise, litter and intimidation.This behaviour made people feel scared and vulnerable.  

Rusholme 

  • Residents identified  problems with street drinking in Rusholme, in Great Western Street near Roberts Avenue and Flamborough Walk with groups of people arguing and fighting, foul language and littering, which made people feel unsafe and disturbed residents’ sleep  
  • There has been a PSPO in place in parts of the area to deal with on-street drinking. 

Sharston 

  • There has been a PSPO in place in parts of the area  to deal with on-street drinking.   

Whalley Range 

  • Responses identified street drinking as a problem on College Road, Wood Road and Withington Road, with litter, damage to cars and noise late at night. 
  • This caused loss of sleep, feeling uncomfortable in the local area, feeling intimidated and the area looking messy. 

Withington 

  • Residents reported street drinking in Fallowfield and Withington involving gatherings, noise, urination, defecation, bad language, criminal damage and vandalism, resulting in fear and worry, lack of sleep and damage to property. 
  • There has been a PSPO in place in parts of the area to deal with on-street drinking. 

Woodhouse Park 

  • There has been a PSPO in place in parts of the area to deal with on-street drinking. 

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