Wyre Forest District Council is looking to consult businesses and residents about the possibility of introducing a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for Kidderminster town centre to tackle anti-social behaviour associated with street drinking.
The introduction of a Public Spaces Protection Order for Kidderminster is on the agenda at the Cabinet meeting on 16 December 2014.
This follows a request from the Police, and if agreed by Cabinet, the Council would seek views from partners, residents and businesses on whether it should be implemented next year or not.
The Council has been working closely with the Police and Safer Wyre Forest (the North Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership) to address the anti-social behaviour issues that arise from drinking on the streets in the town centre. New powers, available through the PSPO that came into force in October 2014, mean that enforcement action can be taken if there is a breach of The Order.
A PSPO does not affect residents or visitors going about their lawful, daily business.
Councillor Anne Hingley, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Wellbeing and Housing said:
“Persistent anti social behaviour is impacting on the quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors to the town centre.
“The Council, together with Worcestershire County Council, through its ReWyre initiative is investing £2 million into the regeneration of the town centre and we would not want its success to be harmed by the behaviour of a minority, so we are looking to take action now to tackle it for the long term.”
Cllr Anne Hingley added:
“The order will define a geographical area, basically it is the town centre, and any problems within that area can be dealt with.
The power to make an Order rests with local authorities in consultation with the Police, the Police and Crime Commissioner and other relevant bodies. The council can make a PSPO on any public space within its own area and the maximum length is three years.
Orders can be enforced by a police officer, police community support officer or civil enforcement officer.
A breach of the Order is a criminal offence and can be dealt with through the issuing of a Fixed Penalty Notice up to £100 or a level 3 fine (£1000) on prosecution.
Please see map for proposed geographical area the Cabinet agenda item 9.2.
A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is designed to prevent individuals or groups committing anti-social behaviour in a public space where the behaviour is having, or be likely to have, a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in a locality; be of a persistent or continuing nature; and be unreasonable.
Fill in the questionnaire and have your say on the proposed plans for a PSPO in Kidderminster.