Project Image

Croydon town centre Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) consultation August 2017

Why are we doing this?

A PSPO allows the council and the police to introduce new measures to reduce street drinking and antisocial behaviour which we believe will help to improve this public space for the wider community.

The PSPO will replace the existing Town Centre Controlled Drinking Zone (also known as Designated Public Place Orders) which puts restrictions on street drinking.  

What  will happen to the information you receive?

The consultation responses received from residents and those who visit, work or study in the town centre, will be analysed and used as part of the council’s decision making process at the Cabinet meeting to be held on 20 November 2017.

What is a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO)?
PSPOs were created by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, (section 59) to replace existing legislation and to introduce wider discretionary powers to deal with any particular nuisance or problem that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life.

The legislation is intended to ensure that the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour.

The law requires the order must be in writing, and it must be published. Reasonable signage must also be put up in the area.

A breach of the PSPO is a criminal offence, which can be dealt with, either by way of a fixed penalty notice (FPN) of £80 or prosecution. If prosecuted, an individual could be liable to a fine no higher than £1,000. Only those aged over 18 or over can be issued with a FPN.

How is a PSPO put in place?

The test for issuing the order, is when the local authority believes that ongoing anti-social behaviour harms the local community’s quality of life, will be ongoing, or happens regularly, and that the impact is such, that restrictions should be put in place. Any future changes to the order will require further consultation.

Crime and anti-social behaviour statistics

We analysed crime and anti-social behaviour data for the financial year 2016/17, and identified over 3,220 confirmed crimes within the proposed PSPO area.

39% of the violent offences occurred in North End and the High Street, and 33% of all criminal damage offences recorded within the proposed PSPO area, also occurred in these two locations.

597 calls to the police regarding anti-social behaviour were recorded during this period, of which 370 (62%), were classified as rowdy or inconsiderate behaviour.  31% of the calls to the police for this type of rowdy or inconsiderate behaviour were also linked to North End and the High Street.

We also know that street drinking has a negative effect on the general public and that this type of behaviour is under recorded.




What do we want to know?

What people told us in 2016

The findings from the consultation exercise about the development of the 2017-2020 Community Safety Strategy, which ran from 19 September to 20 November 2016 received a total of 567 respondents. You can download a summary of all the questions and responses at the bottom of this page.

57% of respondents identified anti-social behaviour as their first choice, when asked to choose what issues they thought the Safer Croydon Partnership ought to prioritise over the next three years.

When asked, to what extent do you agree or disagree anti-social behaviour is a problem in the Town Centre?

  • 25% strongly agreed/think ASB is a problem in the town centre
  • 42% agreed/think that ASB is a problem in the town centre

The findings from the PSPO engagement exercise which ran from 22 July to 19 Aug 2016 received a total of 510 respondents. You can download a summary of all the questions and responses at the bottom of this page.

42% cited anti-social behaviour as an issue that had impacted on their enjoyment of the town centre.

Drug dealing/drug use, street drinking and anti-social behaviour were identified as the top 3 behaviours respondents supported the use of a PSPO to tackle.

The top 4 issues people also wanted to include in the PSPO were:-

  • Spitting in the streets (33)
  • Religious preaching on the streets (20)
  • Begging (16) and
  • Traffic / vehicle nuisance (19).

However, there is already sufficient legislation to tackle spitting, begging and traffic nuisance and religious preaching on the streets is not a criminal offence.

We are now asking your views on the use of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in Croydon town centre.

What are we proposing?

Based on the findings from the crime and anti-social behaviour data analysis and previous consultation and engagement exercises, we are proposing to include the following two activities in the town centre PSPO:

a) Being in possession of a container of, or consuming alcohol, within the restricted public space. This does not include licensed premises.

b) People or groups of people behaving in a manner which is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress, in the restricted area. 

The full draft order is available to download at the bottom of this page.

Map of the proposed area

Ways to get involved

We would like to invite anyone who lives, works or visits the town centre to give their views on the use of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in the town centre.

You can complete the survey via the link below. Please note the survey closes at 11.59pm Sunday 15 October 2017.

If you need the survey in another format or would like to speak to someone, please contact us on 020 8726 6000 and ask for the Safer Croydon Partnership Team.

What we found out

Although not a statutory requirement the Council conducted a formal six- week consultation for residents and visitors to comment and provide feedback.

The consultation ran between 30th August and 15th October 2017. An electronic version of the survey was published on the ‘Council website and a hard copy format was made available via council partners in the voluntary sector such as Turning Point and Croydon Reach, to engage with street drinkers and other groups likely to be affected. 

The survey was advertised using the Safer Croydon Partnership bulletin, and the Your Croydon bulletin, by press release, newsletters and social media. Young people (who were under-represented in the early response) were also targeted through the Community Engagement team (Children and Young People), to encourage more age representative feedback.

The consultation closed on 15th October with 788 respondents. The respondents included 14.83% who lived in the town centre and 65.7% who lived in Croydon but outside the town centre. 52.69% of respondents identified themselves as female (39.38% as male), with 45% of all respondents aged between 45 and 64.

20.76% of respondents described their ethnicity as black and or minority ethnic (684 respondents answered this question). 

91.56% (of 739 people who answered this question) supported the use of the PSPO to tackle street drinking and 93.23% (of 739 who answered that question), to reduce ASB in the town centre. The majority, 65.86% of 788 respondents supported the implementation of the PSPO in the designated area. Many of those who did not agree to the proposed area wanted the PSPO to expand to cover additional areas adjoining the town centre or introduce PSPOs in entirely new locations

What difference has it made?

Respondents were given the opportunity to provide comments through several open questions provided within the survey, including variations to the proposed PSPO area. A significant proportion of respondents suggested the area of the original proposed area should be extended to cover more of West Croydon (73 respondents) and specifically London Road (58 respondents), particularly the lower stretches towards West Croydon station. The Council has reviewed the proposal and adjusted the zone to cover London road up to the junction of Sumner road and extending over to Roman Way, re-joining the original zone at Church Street.

Further analysis of the Police data identified 109 ASB demand calls were reported in a 12 months period between September 2016 to August 2017 in this area, of which 50 incidents were classified as rowdy or inconsiderate behaviour.

Contact (for more details)

Claire Small

Project start date
30 Aug 2017
Project end date
Report available by
Due 20 November 2017
Who can take part?
Croydon Panel, All - everyone invited to take part
Topic Area
Community and life events, Environment
London Borough of Croydon