PSPOs now in force for Dudley and Lye town centres
Two new Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) will soon come into force to tackle issues of anti-social behaviour, with offenders facing fines of up to £1,000.
The orders for Dudley town centre and Lye High Street follow consultations held last year which showed overwhelming support in favour of the PSPOs.
The orders have gone through the full decision process at the council and will be in place for three years. The orders are subject to an annual review. They give Dudley Council and the police enhanced powers to restrict unreasonable and disruptive behaviour.
Anyone found to be in breach of the order faces a fixed penalty notice of £100 or a maximum fine of £1,000.
In Lye the PSPO prohibits the consumption of alcohol and intoxicating substances. It also bans groups and individuals from causing nuisance, alarm, harassment or distress to others in the town and surrounding area as well as urinating or defecating in a public space.
Streets covered include High Street, the By-Pass, Jackson Street, Clinic Drive, Chapel Street, Church Road, Union Street, Cross Walks Road, Talbot Street and Clay croft Place.
The same restrictions apply in Dudley town centre, but with additional powers to fine anyone found to discard a knife in a public place or drop litter.
Streets covered include Woodland Avenue, part of the public footpath leading to Castle Mill Woods, Gervase Drive, Broadway, Castle Hill, Birmingham Road, Wolverton Road, North Street, the Dudley Southern By-Pass, Martin Hill Street, Vicar Street, King Street, Queen’s Cross, Wellington Road, Stafford Street, Wolverhampton Street, Salop Street, Nath Place, The Broadway, Limes Road and Priory Road.
Councillor Laura Taylor, cabinet member responsible for community safety, said:
We had an overwhelmingly positive response in favour of the PSPOs following our consultation in Lye and Dudley town centre last year. People want these orders in place to help protect their communities.
We have worked closely with our colleagues in the police to make this happen.
This order gives us enhanced powers to crack down on the few thoughtless people who disrupt our communities. We can and will take action against those who fail to acknowledge the orders
Kim Madill, chief superintendent for Dudley Police, said:
Police teams in Dudley and Lye will be able to use the powers within the PSPOs to drive down anti-social behaviour and criminal acts in these two locations.
The swift intervention through the issuing of a fine can prevent escalation of the behaviour or even act as a deterrent in the first place to those intent on causing concerns to local residents and businesses.
We know the issues covered in the orders are of concern to local communities and these additional powers complement other legislation we use as well as the joint working we have with partners to ensuring Dudley and Lye remain a safe place to live, work and visit.
In response to the consultation in Lye, 98 percent of people who responded were in favour of the PSPO and in Dudley it was 93 percent.