Last chance to have your say in review of Worcester’s Public Space Protection Orders
Residents have until 27 November to make their views known on Worcester City Council's review of powers to combat anti-social behaviour in the city.
Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) are used by local councils to protect the public from behaviour that can have a detrimental effect on people's quality of life. PSPOs have to be reviewed every three years, and the City Council is asking residents to take part in that review.
Worcester's PSPOs cover dogs, alcohol and potentially disruptive behaviour in the city centre.
Councillor Neil Laurenson, vice chair of the City Council's Communities Committee, said: "Time is running out for people to have their say and we really need to hear the views of people who live or work in the city so we can gauge opinions on the PSPOs we currently have in place, their effectiveness and their future. I would urge everyone to have their say before 27 November."
PSPOs are part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
An Alcohol PSPO is currently in force in Worcester city centre, Blackpole Industrial Estate, Gheluvelt Park, Shap Drive, Brickfields Playing Fields and Rose Avenue. This PSPO gives powers to the police to stop individuals if they are causing a nuisance and confiscate alcohol from them.
There is also a PSPO in the city centre covering three categories of potentially anti-social behaviour – aggressive begging, dangerous skateboarding and cycling, and intentionally feeding gulls.
Aggressive begging involves using intimidating or threatening language or gestures or approaching people close to cash machines, shops or places where they may feel vulnerable. This PSPO is not aimed at penalising rough sleepers, but at encouraging them to engage with services which will work with them and provide food and clothing. It is also intended to target people who are posing as rough sleepers for the purpose of profit.
Dangerous skateboarding and cycling includes travelling at excessive speed or without due care and attention in such a way that risks injury to others.
The third PSPO currently in force in Worcester is regarding dog control, covering the entire city. This order requires dog owners to clean up after their pets, prohibits dogs from being taken into any area where they are not allowed, and stipulates that no more than four dogs may be under the supervision of one person.
A person who fails to comply with the PSPOs could face a fine of up to £70.
Worcester residents can complete the survey here before Sunday 27 November.
A series of engagement events are also being held as part of the consultation. These are being advertised at the locations involved and also on the Community Worcester social media channels.