PSPO Consultation – Have your say

Birmingham City Council is considering the use of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to combat anti-social behaviour (ASB) in Birmingham City Centre.

The PSPO would be used to address groups gathering, anti-social behaviours (such as urinating/defecating in public, graffiti and verbal abuse), begging that causes a nuisance or disorder, and anti-social street drinking.

Cllr John Cotton, Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion, Community Safety and Equalities, at Birmingham City Council said: “Our city is a fantastic place to live in, work in and visit, and I want Birmingham to be a place where people feel safe as they walk around the city centre, enjoying all that it offers, day and night.

“However, I know that there are vulnerable people in the city centre so this is also about ensuring we get help to those who are struggling, rather than taking punitive measures. Our approach is always to offer help to individuals first.”

The six-week consultation, which began on Friday (22/03) will involve an online questionnaire, surveys and a series of pop-up sessions at key, central locations.

When the consultation process is concluded all responses and intelligence will be collated and a decision will be made between the appropriate Council and Police leads, as to whether or not the Order will be made.

Therefore your views are very important. Please take five minutes to have your say here