Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO)

Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) help councils and their partners to tackle anti-social behaviour in their local areas.

PSPOs deal with a particular nuisance or problem that can impact the local community’s quality of life. They're designed to help people enjoy safe public spaces.

Powers to create PSPOs came into force in October 2014. 

PSPOs in Medway

Areas that have a PSPO in place for alcohol related anti-social behaviour include:

  • Chatham
  • Gillingham
  • Rochester
  • Strood.

These are known as Alcohol Control Zones.

These zones restrict drinking alcohol in public places in an anti-social way, for example drinking in the street.

This does not mean there’s a blanket ban on drinking in public but does mean the police or an authorised council officer can prevent you drinking alcohol if you’re behaving anti-socially. If you refuse to stop drinking alcohol when asked, you'll be committing an offence. Your alcohol can be confiscated and disposed of, and you can be fined up to £500. If you fail to comply you can also be arrested.

Pubs, restaurants, and off licences do not form part of the PSPO. 

PSPO consultation

We recently consulted on extending the Alcohol Control Zones in Chatham, Gillingham, Rochester and Strood town centres for three years from the end of 2023 to 2026.

The consultation ended at 11.59pm on Sunday 17 December 2023.

We will update this page with information about next steps soon.

Contact us

If you have any questions email: or phone: 01634 333 333 and ask to speak to an officer from the Community Safety Partnership office.

Or write to:

Community Safety Partnership
Medway Council
Gun Wharf
Dock Road
Kent ME4 4TR