Crackdown on anti social behaviour and dog fouling in borough

Friday, 14 June 2019

– Local People

by Liz BradfieldGEM Local Democracy Reporter


New public space protection orders (PSPOs) are set to be created in Porthcawl, Bridgend, Maesteg, Pencoed and Caerau to help tackle antisocial behaviour and dog fouling.

The orders restrict activities ranging from drinking alcohol in public to dog fouling, while in two areas, public access is restricted at certain times.

Some relate to extending existing orders, due to expire in 2020, and one involves placing new conditions on dog walkers.

The orders aim to stop issues such as youth drinking, noise and violence, begging and people in the street under the influence of drugs.

If people are caught breaking the orders by a police officer, police community support officer or council officers, they could be fined £100 or more, if the case goes to court. All orders would last for three years with three orders being a continuation of existing ones.

Bridgend County Borough Council’s cabinet will discuss the plans at a meeting on June 18 and proposals include creating new PSPOs to prohibit the consumption of alcohol in an open container within Bridgend, Caerau, Maesteg, Pencoed and Porthcawl.

They will also include restricting the public right of way between Talbot Street and Plasnewydd Street, Maesteg, the highway to the rear of Wesley Street and Lloyd Street, Caerau at certain times and creating a new PSPO placing conditions on dog walkers for the collection and disposal of dog faeces and placing dogs on a lead when requested to do so by an officer.

Dog walkers could also be fined £100 if they do not comply or be taken to court and given a fine on conviction of up to £1,000.

A report going before cabinet next week states: “PSPOs are designed to stop individuals or groups committing antisocial behaviour in a public space. They are intended to deal with a nuisance or problem in a particular area that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life, by imposing

conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone.

“They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from antisocial behaviour.”

The estimated cost for implementing the four new orders is £7,500, including £3,500 for the design, manufacture and fixing of hard signs.

Liz Bradfield

Local democracy reporter

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