Residents have less than two weeks to make Worcester City Council aware of their views on the review of powers to combat anti-social behaviour in the city.

The council is currently conducting a review of its Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs), which serve to defend the public from behaviours that could damage their quality of life.

Residents have until November 27 to give their thoughts in the review.


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PSPOs, revised every three years, address various issues within the city including dogs, alcohol, and potential disruptive activities in the city centre.

Currently there's an alcohol PSPO, which empowers police to act if individuals cause nuisance with the substance within the city centre, Blackpole Industrial Estate, Gheluvelt Park, Shap Drive, Brickfields Playing Fields, and Rose Avenue.

Likewise, a PSPO enforced in the city centre deals with three types of potential anti-social behaviour: aggressive begging, dangerous skateboarding and cycling, and deliberate gull feeding.

The intention is not to penalise rough sleepers but to persuade them to engage with supportive services, and also targets individuals posing as rough sleepers to profit.

Dangerous skateboarding and cycling includes excessive speed or recklessness that may risk injury to others.

Applicable across the city, a dog control PSPO requires dog owners to clean up after their pets, adhere to prescribed areas for dogs and keep four dogs or less under one person's supervision.

Residents that fail to comply with PSPOs are subject to fines up to £70.

Worcester News: Neil Laurenson has encouraged Worcester residents to make their views known

Councillor Neil Laurenson, vice chair of the council’s Communities committee, emphasised the urgency of resident contribution.

"We need to hear the views of people who live or work in the city, to assess the current PSPOs, their effectiveness and their future," he said, urging city-dwellers to voice their opinions before the deadline at

Community members can also take a printed survey, available in different languages, from or by calling 01905 722233.

In addition, the council is organising several engagement events as part of the consultation.

Information about these events will be found on the Community Worcester social media channels and advertised at event locations around the city.