Birmingham news Fines to stop Sandwell's streets being used as toilets MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Council expected to pass orders for on the spot fines and the confiscation of alcohol in parks or private land open to the public.
Breaking News ! Dog owners who let their pets foul Sandwell’s streets and drinkers who booze in public face fines of up to £1,000 from March under borough-wide powers. Council chiefs meeting this week are expected to pass orders allowing for on the spot fines and the confiscation of alcohol in parks or private land open to the public. The move comes following complaints of drinkers urinating in public places and dog mess covered pavements. In a report to Sandwell ’s cabinet, council bosses say there is ‘considerable support” for public space protections orders (PSPOs) which will renew and replace existing regulations. A public consultation on banning alcohol showed: “Sixty four percent of respondents reported witnessing inappropriate behaviour linked to alcohol consumption in public places ranging from fights and scuffles to litter and areas being used as toilets, leading some to avoid areas of Sandwell altogether. “ Read More Related Articles Council tax rise in Sandwell 'too high' Read More Related Articles Battling scams and criminals during pandemic as 1,000+ complaints made in Sandwell 100 percent of people of those surveyed said they backed regulations making it an offence for owners not to clean up after their pets, saying: "Dog fouling creates mess and degrades the quality of the streets of Sandwell.
. I'm sick and tired of all the dog mess I have negotiate on the pavements when out walking." The PSPOs will allow police and designated enforcement officers to confiscate drink and issue fixed penalty notices of £100 which can increase to £1,000 if offenders are taken to court.
They will replace four existing drink and dog control regulations which have led to 60 fines over three years. The council already uses the powers in West Bromwich town centre outlawing acts likely to cause harassment or distress, threatening behaviour and being verbally abusive, street begging and parking vehicles or trailers which cause unnecessary obstruction of the road or footpath.
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