LARGE groups of men have been intimidating shoppers by urinating in the street.

The groups are usually seen gathered outside a Wickes store, on Seven Sisters Road, drinking alcohol and approaching people to try and get work.

Haringey Council plans to issue a Public Spaces Protection Order to ban these men from hanging around and will hold a public consultation to get feedback from shoppers and businesses about their plans.

Bernice Vanier, Haringey Council’s cabinet member for communities, said: “We understand the distress that these problems can cause and we’re committed to doing all we can to make this neighbourhood a safer and cleaner place to live.

“These new powers offer us the option of taking even tougher action when all other routes have been unsuccessful.

“It’s important that residents decide whether or not they want to see these new powers used in their neighbourhood and let us know what they think about the possible solution we are suggesting.”

The consultation will also include an option to install a gate at the footpath of Roslyn Road and Southey Road, in a bid to prevent people from urinating, littering and fly-tipping.

Members of the public and businesses will invited to have their say on the proposals when the consultation launches later this month.

A spokesperson for Wickes said: “Wickes is continuing to work with the relevant authorities to tackle this issue and is committed to providing a safe shopping environment and excellent service for its customers.

“If customers have any concerns or queries, they should make themselves known to a Wickes store colleague who will be happy to assist”.