Proposed Public Space Protection Order for DogsWorcester City Council is aware that clean streets are one of the most important priorities for residents and visitors in Worcester City. Dog fouling continues to be a concern to local residents, although we are aware that it continues to be a minority of dog owners who do not behave responsibly in public areas. The council wishes to use all the powers available to it to ensure that public spaces remain clear of dog fouling.
The council is therefore consulting on its plan to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) relating to dogs in the City. If introduced, the PSPO will require any person in charge of a dog to immediately remove any dog faeces and prevent dogs to be taken into areas that are clearly marked as ‘dog exclusion areas’. Any person found, by an authorised person, to be in breach of these requirements will commit an offence and could be dealt with either by way of a Fixed Penalty Notice or prosecution in the magistrate’s court.
The council recognises that, for those who use an assistance dog, these requirements are not reasonable and therefore they will exempt from the requirements of the PSPO.
The City Council wishes to address issues relating to dogs through education and awareness raising, and will therefore promote the PSPO, (should it be adopted), in the following ways:
- Published media such as the City Life magazine, residents and parish newsletters, press release and on site notice boards
- Social media through corporate accounts on Twitter and Facebook.
- Reference material will be added to the City Council website.
- If required on site signage will be designed and installed on popular walks and open spaces in response to consistently high reports of dog fouling.
- View the Notice of Consultation - PSPO for Dogs
- FAQs for PSPO for Dogs
- Dog fouling map reported through WCC website
- Draft PSPO for Dogs
Before making its final decision to introduce the PSPO, the council wants to hear from the public. Do you agree with the introduction of the PSPO relating to dogs? Do you think it is not a big enough problem to require an order? Please tell us what you think.
Closing date: 5 March 2018
Worcester City Centre traffic regulation order (TRO)
Changes are being proposed to the hours when traffic is banned from the pedestrianised roads in Worcester city centre. This would be done by amending the existing Traffic Regulation Order (TRO) that is operative in the city centre.
The aim would be to improve the environment of the pedestrianised areas so that the hours when traffic is excluded better fit with times of higher pedestrian footfall, bring the city centre more in line with similar shopping and visitor destinations.
The current TRO is:
No Waiting at Any Time / No Loading, Monday to Sunday 10:30-16:30.
The proposed new TRO is:
No Waiting at Any Time / No Loading, Monday to Sunday 10:00-18:00. The current No Cycling Order would be cancelled.
The roads affected would be:
- High Street
- Broad Street
- Mealcheapen Street
- Pump Street
- Friar Street (part)
- Copenhagen Street (part)
- Cornmarket (part)
- Angel Place
- Angel Street
- Church Street
- Bank Street
- The Shambles
You can give us your views on these planned changes below.
Alternatively you can give us your views by completing the feedback form in the TRO consultation information leaflet and returning it to FREEPOST WR427, Worcester WR1 2ZD. Printed copies of the information leaflet are available at the Guildhall and The Hive.
Consultation closing date is 28 February 2018.
Community Life Survey
Worcester City Council has launched an extensive consultation to find out more about local people’s sense of belonging and well-being and degree of contact with family, friends and neighbours. It will also assess the impact many individuals make by offering time and skills to improve their local community.
The broad-ranging survey aims to help strengthen local communities in the future by identifying areas where isolation and community cohesion are issues.It also seeks to identify any barriers which stop residents getting involved with groups and activities which aim to improve their local area.
Consultation closing date is 28 February 2018.
Revision of Hackney Carriage and Private Hire License Fees
Following the annual review of the Council’s licensing fees and charges; the decision has been made to increase hackney carriage and private hire vehicle and private hire operator fees from 1 April 2018.
Please view a copy of the Revision of Hackney Carriage and Private Hire Licence Fees Public Notice.
Should you wish to comment or object to the proposed increase in fees please write to the Licensing Manager no later than 13 February 2018 at:
Worcester City Council,
Worcester, WR1 2EY.