Consultation on public space protection order co-design

Part of: Proposed borough wide Public Spaces Protection Order consultation

This consultation ran from 10 to 31 January 2024 and is now closed. Thank you to everyone who took part.

We will use your feedback to carry out a full consultation in the spring.

What we consulted on

Welcome to the Haringey PSPO co-design project. As part of the Haringey deal, we're calling on residents, workers, and visitors to share their views on the introduction of borough-wide public space protection orders (PSPOs). Your insights are vital in addressing anti-social behaviour and shaping a safer, more vibrant Haringey. 

We're in the early stages of planning the future PSPOs, and we'd really appreciate hearing your initial thoughts. We are seeking your views on this co-design period from 10 to 31 January.

What is a public space protection order? 

A public space protection order (PSPO) is a power under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. It is intended to allow a council to deal with a particular nuisance or problem behaviours that are detrimental to the local community’s quality of life in a particular area.

It allows councils to impose either restrictions or requirements in that particular area, or blanket restrictions that will apply to everyone. They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces safe from antisocial behaviour.

A PSPO when created can be in force for 3 years from the date it is implemented. Any extensions, changes to the PSPO area or additional restrictions will require further consultation.

Current PSPOs in Haringey

A borough-wide PSPO is currently in operation for dog control, to tackle dog fouling and problematic dog behaviour.

Haringey also has 11 Alcohol Control PSPOs for areas falling within the following wards: Bounds Green, Bruce Castle, Harringay, Hermitage and Gardens, Noel Park, Northumberland Park, Seven Sisters, St Ann’s, South Tottenham, Tottenham Central, Tottenham Hale, West Green, and Woodside. Only 2 wards are completely covered, Noel Park and Northumberland Park.

Impact and feedback

All existing PSPOs in Haringey will end on 30 April 2025, presenting an opportunity for the council to consider introducing new PSPOs.

Your feedback from the 2020 consultation highlighted concerns about the absence of alcohol control provisions in wards with significant alcohol-related issues, especially in the west of the borough. We also saw that, while PSPOs have proven effective, street drinking remains an issue in some areas not covered by a PSPO.

PSPO powers and enforcement 

We use PSPOs to help manage behaviour that is either having or is likely to have, a harmful effect on our local community’s quality of life. PSPOs have been effective tools in deterring anti-social behaviour.

Officers who can enforce the PSPO are authorised council officers, police community support officers (PCSOs) and police constables. If an individual is found to be engaging in any behaviour either prohibited or a condition of the PSPO, enforcement partners will in the first instance try to offer advice and/or support referrals or may issue a warning.

Breach of a PSPO is a criminal offence. The penalty for breach of a PSPO can be a fixed penalty notice of £100. A person committing an offence will have 14 days to pay the fixed penalty of £100. However, if someone persistently breaches an order they could receive more formal action. Failure to comply with the order if prosecuted is an offence carrying a maximum fine of £1000.

Your involvement in the co-design process will play a crucial role in shaping the future of PSPOs in Haringey. We will use your feedback to carry out a more thorough consultation in the spring.

Let's work together to create a safer and more harmonious community. 

How you can contribute

The PSPO co-design project hosted workshops and an online survey to find out your priorities for PSPOs. This collaborative effort builds on local intelligence gathered by our team and aligns with statutory requirements. We will develop the workshops' outputs along with a data-led evidence base to create recommendations for further public consultation.


Workshops were held at:

  • Marcus Garvey Library, 15 January 2024
  • Wood Green Library, 18 January 2024