About the proposed PSPO

Outdoor drinking
Worcester City Council is aware that the effects of street drinking can be costly in different ways. It causes distress to members of the public; it affects local businesses and puts huge pressure on services through calls on police time, hospital visits and 999 calls.

The council is therefore consulting on its plan to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) relating to the consumption of alcohol in a designated public place.  If introduced, any person who without reasonable excuse continues consuming alcohol in the restricted area when asked to stop by a Police Officer, Police Community Support Officer or authorised person from the Council under Section 63 of the ASB Crime and Policing Act 2014 or fails to surrender any alcohol in his / her possession when asked to do so by a Police Officer, Police Community Support Officer or authorised person from the Council is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale or if in receipt of a Fixed Penalty Notice to a penalty of a maximum of £100 or prosecution in the magistrate’s court.

These restrictions will not apply to licensed premises or their curtilage. Premises or event organisers will be able to apply for licences to temporarily enable the sale and consumption of alcohol.

The City Council wishes to address issues relating to the consumption of alcohol in public places through education and awareness raising, and will therefore promote the PSPO, (should it be adopted), in the following ways:
  • Published media such as the City Life magazine, residents and parish newsletters, press release and on site notice boards
  • Social media through Worcester City Council run accounts on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Reference material will be added to the City Council website.
  • Site signage will be designed and installed in areas relating to the PSPO.
If you would like more information about the PSPO you can read:
The maps highlight in blue and red where the majority of alcohol related anti social behaviour has been reported.  The blue areas highlight were previous alcohol exclusion orders were in place and the red areas identify where we would like to extend the exclusion zones to:
  1. New City Centre Alcohol Free Zone Map
  2. North Worcester Alocohol Free Zone Map
  3. Warndon Alcohol Free Zone Map
Before making its final decision to introduce the PSPO, the council wants to hear your views. Do you agree with the introduction of the PSPO relating to the consumption of alcohol in public places?  Or do you think it's not a big enough problem to require an order?  Please tell us what you think.

Closing date: 3 June 2018