Have your say on new bid to tackle anti-social behaviour

Published 4th August 2016

People have six weeks – from 1 August to 9 September – to have their say about a move to bring in a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) in West Bromwich Central and Princes End, Tipton.

This would ban groups of three or more from getting together and doing things – such as swearing, dropping litter, spitting, damaging things and threatening violence – which annoy or frighten others.

People breaking the order could be handed a £100 fine – and, if they don’t pay the fine, they face being taken to court, where magistrates could fine them up to £1,000.

PSPOs were brought in by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act of 2014 to give councils extra powers to tackle problems plaguing local communities.

Councillor Preet Gill, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for public health and protection, said: “We already use a variety of the tools the law gives us to clamp down on behaviour that causes decent, law-abiding families problems in their neighbourhoods.

“But anti-social behaviour is continuing in these two parts of the borough.

“PSPOs are a relatively new power that gives us extra options. We think they could be a real help to make life better for people in West Bromwich Central and Princes End.”

She added: “We are keen to find out what people think of the idea and are urging them to take part in the consultation we have set up.”

Superintendent Richard Youds, Sandwell Police, said: "One of our local priorities here in Sandwell is to ensure that our communities are able to live, work and socialise in the borough, free from anti-social behaviour.

"Recent years have seen reductions in these types of incidents and Public Space Protection Orders assist us being able to continue to address any issues in the areas they cover."

More information about the proposed PSPO is available from the council’s Anti-social Behaviour Team on 0121 569 3106 – or on our consultations webpage.

People wanting to have their say can:

  • Email boroughwide_wardens@sandwell.gov.uk; or
  • Write to PSPO Consultation, ASB Team, Sandwell Council, Direct 2 Industrial Park, Roway Lane, Oldbury, West Midlands B69 3ES.