Have your say on nuisance drinking and dog fouling in Sandwell

Residents are being urged to have their say on how Sandwell Council and partner organisations deal with nuisance drinking and dog mess.

The council plans to renew two borough-wide public space protection orders (PSPOs) that help tackle nuisance drinking in public places and dog owners not picking up after their pets.

Anyone who would like to comment on future plans for enforcement can do so in a consultation – go to www.sandwell.gov.uk/consultation for details.

The orders allow authorised officers to issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to anyone not following the rules.

The PSPO on alcohol consumption was introduced in 2017. At the same time, the council also introduced a PSPO making it an offence for a person in charge of a dog to fail to pick up its mess.

Sandwell Council’s Deputy Leader, Councillor Maria Crompton, said: “The current orders have been in place for three years and now need to be reviewed, so we’re carrying out a consultation on their renewal. “We know nuisance drinking and dog mess are important issues for our communities and the PSPO orders have been helpful in allowing us to deal with this.

“I’d encourage anyone who has an interest in how we tackle these important issues to send us their thoughts as part of the consultation. “We particularly want to hear from residents, local business and other interested parties.” Go to www.sandwell.gov.uk/consultation to have your say by 8 January 2021.

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