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Public consultation to begin on dog fouling and alcohol control orders in Norwich

Published on Thursday, 25th March 2021

The public consultations on the proposed Public Spaces Protection Order’s for dog fouling and alcohol control in Norwich have opened and will run until Monday 5 April.

A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) forms part of the anti-social behaviour (ASB) tools and powers introduced under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014. These powers are designed to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in a specific area.

Norwich City Council are asking for feedback from the public, including local businesses, on two separate PSPOs.

The dog fouling PSPO will cover the whole of the Norwich boundary and targets the minority of dog owners who fail to pick up dog waste and dispose of it in a bin. Leaving dog mess on pavements, grass and other public walkways is not only unpleasant to look at but also a health and safety hazard.

The second PSPO aims to prevent nuisance alcohol misuse in Norwich city centre, giving police officers and permitted Norwich City Council officers the authority to ask people to stop drinking alcohol and/or surrender it. This will be a renewal of previous measures in place to help reduce disorder and nuisance.

Comment from Cllr Kevin Maguire, with responsibility for public protection, said:

“Getting feedback from the public and local businesses is such an important part of putting these orders in place.

“We believe both orders set out reasonable boundaries, which all residents and visitors can follow but we welcome any comments around the proposals.

“These orders are not put there just because the council can: they are to make sure that Norwich is a safe, clean and livable city for everyone.”

Following the consultation the proposed Public Spaces Protection Orders will go to the Norwich City Council Cabinet for agreement. The orders will be in place until May 2024. Failure to comply with the orders may result in a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) and fine.

The public consultation started on Wednesday 24 March and will finish at midnight on Monday 5 April.    

For more information and to provide your comments visit the PSPO webpage.