Sandwell residents are being asked their views on Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) relating to alcohol, dogs and BBQs / fires in public spaces across the Borough.
For the last three years two boroughwide (PSPOs) related to alcohol consumption and dogs have been in place in Sandwell. PSPOs last for three years before they need to be considered for renewal so we are asking residents for their views about whether or not to renew these orders.
The current orders require people not to consume alcohol in an area where nuisance or disorder is occurring and to surrender any alcohol in their possession if asked by an authorised officer.
In addition, anyone in charge of a dog must pick up their dog’s faeces forthwith should it defecate whilst in their control. This year the council is also consulting on whether dog walkers should be required to carry an appropriate receptacle for dealing with their dog’s waste and making it an offence to allow a dog into a children’s play area / enclosed sports areas such as tennis courts which have been designed to exclude dogs. A new prohibition is also being considered relating to BBQs / fires on public land including campfires because of the fire risk.
If included in a PSPO the power to issue a Fixed Penalty Notice in relation to anyone refusing to comply with any of these requests would be available.
Sandwell Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Communities, Councillor Syeda Khatun, said:
“We all want to live in a pleasant place where people treat each other with courtesy and respect, so I would encourage anyone to take a look at the consultation to let us know if they believe this approach is appropriate.”
You can take part in the consultation via Sandwell Council’s consultation hub