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Public Spaces Protection Orders: second phase consultation

Status: Closed Consultation
Closed on: 01 October 2017

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Residents and other organisations were asked for their views on the extent in which they felt that PSPOs would be an effective way of dealing with various anti-social behaviours. The consultation closed on 1 October 2017 but added to the newly developed Consultation section of the Council website on 4 April 2019.

Details of the consultation

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) were brought in by the Government as part of the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The purpose of these powers is to give local authorities and the Police more effective powers to control and/or support the reduction of anti-social-behaviour in public places.

PSPOs are designed to stop individuals or groups of people committing anti-social behaviour in a public space. It is for each local authority to determine what behaviour(s) they may want to make the subject of a PSPO. A Fixed Penalty Notice may be issued at a level to be determined by the local authority, up to a maximum of £100. PSPO’s can be enforced by both the Police and authorised persons of the local authority.

The behaviours considered for a series of PSPOs in Enfield were those reported or raised by residents, councillors, local MPs, the Police and council officers as causing detriment to the quality of life in the locality, and were continuing or persisting.

The primary objective of the consultation was to establish if there was support for the use of PSPOs to combat those anti-social behaviours that appear to be an issue in the borough.

It should be noted that the first phase of public consultation on proposed PSPOs took place between September and November 2016.


Those invited to participate

Those invited to participate in the consultation included:

  • All residents
  • Police
  • Fire Service
  • Retailers (where car cruising occurred)
  • Voluntary and community sector organisations
  • Transport for London (TfL)
  • Local Members of Parliament
  • Civil Aviation Authority
  • Those who use parks and open spaces to book pitches or organise events
  • Friends of the Parks organisations
  • Professional dog walkers
  • Registered social landlords


How the consultation was carried out

The public consultation comprised of:

  • An online questionnaire on the Council’s website
  • Hard copy questionnaires available in libraries
  • Hard copy or other formats of the questionnaires available on request via the Consultation and Resident Engagement Services Team (CREST)
  • Questionnaires completed face-to-face at events and public spaces in the Borough
  • Emails received directly into the CREST email inbox
  • Comments via social media


Start and end dates

The consultation took place between 21 August and 1 October 2017


You said / we did

Details of the feedback provided and the implementation of PSPOs are contained with the report of the Cabinet meeting (15 November 2017). You can also view how we use PSPOs, and what anti-social behaviours they relate to, on the Public Spaces Protection Orders page on our website.


If you have any queries, please email the Consultation and Resident Engagement Services Team on consultation@enfield.gov.uk