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Residents urged to have their say in new surveys

News release issued:

Residents are being urged to have their say on extending measures that help keep the district a safe, clean and green living environment for a further three years.

A series of online surveys have launched today, Tuesday 19 May, giving local people an opportunity to comment on three Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs).

One survey asks residents to comment on extending the district wide dog control order. This gives the council’s enforcement officers legal powers to tackle concerns and problems around dogs including dog fouling.

The survey includes questions on dog fouling, dogs on leads, the exclusion of dogs from some areas and a number of new proposed restrictions.

There are also two separate surveys looking at extending powers to tackle street drinking for another three years in Bewdley and Stourport town centres.

Kidderminster’s PSPO covering alcohol restrictions in the town centre was extended for a further three years in August 2018 and runs until 2021.

At the moment council officers have the power to order people drinking to hand over any alcohol or dispose of alcohol, with people who fail to do so facing on-the-spot fines of up top to £100, or up to £1,000 if the case goes to court.

Councillor Helen Dyke, Wyre Forest District Council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and community protection said: “It’s really important residents have their say on our Public Spaces Protection Orders which are set to expire in October 2020.

“These are matters that local people care about very much - we know from previous surveys that the public wants us to focus our energies on creating a safe, clean and green living environment for all.

“We will continue to work with our local community on these priority areas. This involves promoting, educating and working with local people, but taking action against the small minority of people who refuse to work with us and spoil the quality of life of the vast majority of our residents.

“I urge everyone to have their say and they can do so by visiting the council’s website. The deadline for responses is Friday 12 June.”

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