Still time to have your say on proposed borough-wide public space protection order on nitrous oxide
Published 9th June 2021
Litter from discarded nitrous oxide canisters is a borough-wide problem.
These metal canisters litter streets and open spaces and pose risks to children and wildlife, and to council employees when they get entangled in grass-cutting machinery.
Many residents have expressed concerns about this issue, so the council is proposing to create a new borough-wide public space protection order (PSPO) to give it the power to address this issue by making it “an offence for any person, when requested by an authorised officer, not to surrender any nitrous oxide canisters.”
Residents, local business and anyone with an interest can give their views in a consultation until 16 July 2021.
Deputy leader and cabinet member for strong and resilient communities Councillor Maria Crompton said: “Anti-social behaviour, including littering, has no place in our borough. We all want Sandwell to be a cleaner, greener and safer place to live and an attractive place to work and shop.
“This proposal is a public statement of the council’s intent to crack down on this issue and the anti-social behaviour it causes. It sends a clear message to our residents that Sandwell Council is listening to their concerns and taking appropriate action. I hope everyone who cares about this issue takes this opportunity to make their voice heard.”
The council’s proposals and details of how to comment are at www.sandwell.gov.uk/consultation.
Written comments can be sent to:
ASB Team Manager, Community Safety & Resilience, Sandwell MBC, Operations & Development Centre, Direct 2 Industrial Park, Roway Lane, Oldbury, West Midlands B69 3ES