Street Gambling and Gaming 2019

The City of Westminster is at the heart of London, a world class city. Westminster City Council’s policies aim to safeguard the architectural and historic character ofthe city and provide an inclusive environment for everyone who lives, works and visits. To help achieve this, we want measures in place to deter crime and anti-social behaviour while, at the same time, ensuring that the appropriate support is available to protect some of the most vulnerable people in our society

Street Gambling and Gaming

Street gambling and gaming on Westminster Bridge and Golden Jubilee Foot Bridges has been a persistent source of crime and nuisance in recent years, leading to a number of complaints from members of the public and a series of costly policing operations to respond to the issue. Despite this, problems persist and the Council and its partners are looking at more sustainable ways to tackle the problem.

Public Spaces Protection Orders

A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPOs) was established in 2016 to support efforts to tackle the problems associated with street gambling and gaming. They can help by giving local councils and local police additional powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in specific locations. They specify an area where activities are taking place that are likely to be detrimental to the local community’s quality of life, and impose conditions or restrictions on people using that area. Failure to comply with the order is a criminal offence and a fixed penalty fineof up to £100 could be issued, or on prosecution, a fine of up to £1,000.

How do I get involved

The current PSPO is valid for 3-years and is due to expire in December 2019. To help us decide whether we should extend the PSPO, we want to know what you think. The documents below outline the background to this proposal, the area to be covered by the order, and the prohibitions that would be included. The survey responses will be analysed and used to inform the Council’s decision about whether to extend the Public Spaces Protection Order. All answers will be kept confidential.

The formal consultation will run until the 11th December 2019. Visitors, residents, businesses and other interested parties are encouraged to get involved and complete the survey.

Click here to complete the survey.

You can also give comments by email: communitysafety@westminster.gov.uk



The City of Westminster is at the heart of London, a world class city. Westminster City Council’s policies aim to safeguard the architectural and historic character ofthe city and provide an inclusive environment for everyone who lives, works and visits. To help achieve this, we want measures in place to deter crime and anti-social behaviour while, at the same time, ensuring that the appropriate support is available to protect some of the most vulnerable people in our society

Street Gambling and Gaming

Street gambling and gaming on Westminster Bridge and Golden Jubilee Foot Bridges has been a persistent source of crime and nuisance in recent years, leading to a number of complaints from members of the public and a series of costly policing operations to respond to the issue. Despite this, problems persist and the Council and its partners are looking at more sustainable ways to tackle the problem.

Public Spaces Protection Orders

A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPOs) was established in 2016 to support efforts to tackle the problems associated with street gambling and gaming. They can help by giving local councils and local police additional powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in specific locations. They specify an area where activities are taking place that are likely to be detrimental to the local community’s quality of life, and impose conditions or restrictions on people using that area. Failure to comply with the order is a criminal offence and a fixed penalty fineof up to £100 could be issued, or on prosecution, a fine of up to £1,000.

How do I get involved

The current PSPO is valid for 3-years and is due to expire in December 2019. To help us decide whether we should extend the PSPO, we want to know what you think. The documents below outline the background to this proposal, the area to be covered by the order, and the prohibitions that would be included. The survey responses will be analysed and used to inform the Council’s decision about whether to extend the Public Spaces Protection Order. All answers will be kept confidential.

The formal consultation will run until the 11th December 2019. Visitors, residents, businesses and other interested parties are encouraged to get involved and complete the survey.

Click here to complete the survey.

You can also give comments by email: communitysafety@westminster.gov.uk