Public Spaces Protection Orders

We can put Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) in place to help make sure public spaces can be enjoyed free from antisocial behaviour.

We use PSPOs to control behaviour that is either having, or is likely to have, a harmful effect on a local community’s quality of life.

PSPOs put conditions or restrictions on an area which apply to everyone. They can be enforced by the police, council enforcement officers or any other authorised officers.

Town Centre consultation

We have been consulting on the implementation of PSPOs in Harlow Town Centre.

This is because of the issues of dangerous cycling, alcohol consumption and anti social ball games within the Town Centre.

The consultation closed at 11.59pm on 12 April 2019.

At a meeting on 19 July 2018, cabinet members considered a report from the Council’s Community Safety Team, which includes evidence collected through:

  • public consultations
  • reported incidents by the police, Harvey Centre and The Water Gardens

The report highlights concerns raised over dangerous cycling within the Town Centre, putting other people at risk of injury, the consumption of alcohol in areas other than licensed premises, and the playing of ball games.

Cabinet members agreed with the report recommendations that PSPOs should be consulted on to try to address the antisocial behaviour.

You can view the draft copies of the proposed PSPOs:

You can view maps of the areas that would be covered by the PSPOs:

The no ball games area does not include table tennis in Market Square - this will continue to be allowed and is not included in the proposed order.

The PSPOs, if introduced, will be in place for three years, after which we will review their impact and decide if any changes and an extension are needed.

Anyone who breaches the orders can be fined or prosecuted under the law.

You can read all the information that was presented at the cabinet meeting on our Modern Gov website