Have powers to tackle alcohol consumption in public spaces worked? - The Worcester Observer

Have powers to tackle alcohol consumption in public spaces worked?

Worcester Editorial 6th Mar, 2021   0

COUNCIL chiefs want to hear whether tougher powers to tackle the consumption of alcohol in public spaces, which were introduced nearly three years ago, have made a difference.

A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), which currently applies to public spaces across the city centre and some parts of Blackpole, Brickfields and Warndon, will expire in August.

The main purpose of the current PSPO is to prohibit the consumption of alcohol by requesting individuals stop consuming alcohol in the designated areas, surrender any alcohol in their possession and also empower officers to dispose of anything surrendered under the order.

Breaching the order currently carries a maximum penalty fine of £70.

The results of the consultation will help councillors to determine whether to renew, withdraw or amend the existing PSPO.

“The consumption of alcohol and related anti-social behaviour in public spaces can be a real nuisance to local residents, causing disturbance and increasing their anxiety,” said Coun Lynn Denham, vice chair of the City Council’s Communities Committee.

“We introduced tougher powers three years ago to address this issue.  We now want to know if residents feel this has made a difference and whether we should continue with the order or change it in some way.

Visit www.worcester.gov.uk/voiceit by April 4 to have your say.


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