Changes mooted to Worcester public protection orders - The Worcester Observer

Changes mooted to Worcester public protection orders

Worcester Editorial 11th Mar, 2024   0

WORCESTER council chiefs are set to review three public space protection orders (PSPOs) at a meeting on Wednesday.

The PSPO’s up for review are reaching the end of their three-year period and have been subject to a public consultation.

Now members of the authority’s communities committee are being urged to back alterations to some elements of these PSPOs.

The PSPOs, which cover dogs, alcohol and potentially disruptive city centre behaviour, are used by local councils to protect the public from behaviour that can have a detrimental impact on their quality of life.

If greenlit, the mooted changes would see the discontinuation of a city centre PSPO which currently covers aggressive begging, dangerous skateboarding and cycling, and intentionally feeding gulls.

A review has shown people are no longer feeding the gulls.

A council spokesperson added the issues of aggressive begging and dangerous skateboarding and cycling can be dealt with using alternative legislation.

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 gives powers to the police to stop people if they are causing a nuisance and confiscate alcohol from them.

But a report said there is no evidence the prohibition is still required at Blackpole Industrial Estate, Shap Drive, Brickfields Playing Fields or Rose Avenue, so these locations will be removed from the order.

However, it is recommended Pitchcroft and Riverside Park be added to this list as there is evidence of alcohol-related antisocial behaviour.

There are no suggested changes to a city-wide dog control order.

This currently requires dog owners to clean up after their pets and prohibits dogs from being taken into any area where they are not allowed.

It also orders no more than four dogs may be under the supervision of one person.

Worcester’s communities committee chair Coun Jabba Riaz said: “We have to review PSPOs every three years and it is important that we take into account residents’ opinions when assessing whether the PSPOs are still relevant and effective and what changes need to be made.”


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