In an effort to address the street-drinking problem that plagues the heart of Croydon, the council will introduce legislation enabling it to fine or prosecute those committing antisocial behaviour.

A public space protection order (PSPO) will be in place before December 18 after 93 per cent of respondents to a public consultation said theu were in favour of the use of a PSPO to ban ASB and 91 per cent supporting its use to ban street drinking.

The area covered by the PSPO will include High Street, North End, London Road, East Croydon station, Queens Gardens, Park Lane, George Street and Sumner Road.

“Tackling antisocial behaviour is a key priority in our community safety strategy and this PSPO is just one way that we are using our powers to ensure that everyone feels safe in their town centre," Councillor Hamida Ali said.

"We are working with the police and the BID to improve safety in the town centre safety and to help stop inappropriate and inconsiderate behaviour that affects everyone’s enjoyment of the town centre.”

Breach of the PSPO is a criminal offence, which can be dealt with either by way of a fixed-penalty notice of £80, or prosecution (over 18s only).

The PSPO will replace the existing controlled drinking zones.