Residents' views sought on new powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in Worcester city centre

Worcester City Council is asking city residents for their views on the potential introduction of new powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in the city centre.

The council is considering introducing a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in the city centre that will address anti-social behaviour experienced by residents and visitors. 

If introduced, the PSPO will prohibit:

  • Urinating and defecating in public areas
  • Feeding gulls and pigeons
  • Aggressive begging or sitting and standing for the purposes of begging
  • Being under the influence of drugs or illegal highs
  • Skateboarding and cycling in the city centre.

If the PSPO is introduced, any person found by police, community support or designated council officers to be in breach of the proposed requirements would be guilty of a criminal offence under the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014.

They could receive a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £70 or, if prosecuted, face a maximum fine of £1,000.

In practice, the city council and the police would work together and take a phased approach to help people change their behaviour, before resorting to a fine.

Conservative city councillor James Stanley, who chairs the council’s communities committee, said: “Worcester city centre is not a hot-bed for anti-social behaviour but there is always room for improvement.

“However, residents will probably have different views on which of these powers we should introduce, so I want to really urge people to have their say at www.worcester.gov.uk/voiceit.”

The consultation runs for eight weeks until Wednesday, April 24 and can be completed at www.worcester.gov.uk/voiceit. Printed copies can be requested by calling 01905 722233.

 

 

More News

March 22 2019 Deadline looming for candidates for St Peter's Worcester City Council seat election

Deadline looming for candidates for St Peter's Worcester City Council seat election

Potential candidates for the St Peter’s ward seat in May’s Worcester City Council local elections have until 4pm on Wednesday, April 3 to submit their nomination papers... Read More


March 22 2019 Worcestershire County Council team in running for planning excellence award

Worcestershire County Council team in running for planning excellence award

Worcestershire County Council's Strategic Planning and Environmental Policy team has been named as a finalist in the category for Excellence in Planning for Health and Wellbeing at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2019... Read More


March 21 2019 Easter craft fair being held at Red Hill C of E Primary School in Worcester

Easter craft fair being held at Red Hill C of E Primary School in Worcester

Red Hill C of E Primary School in Worcester is holding an Easter craft fair at the school tomorrow – Friday, March 22... Read More


March 11 2019 Mannequins used to warn drivers to slow down near schools

Mannequins used to warn drivers to slow down near schools

Mannequins warning drivers to slow down and not park carelessly were stationed in roads leading to schools in Battenhall in an effort to improve pupils’ safety... Read More