ORDERS to tackle anti-social behaviour associated with street drinking in Kidderminster town centre are a step closer to being introduced.

A 28-day consultation period will be carried out regarding Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) having been passed by Wyre Forest District Council at its latest cabinet meeting.

If the period, which starts on January 5, is a success, the council will vote again as to whether the orders will be introduced.

The council will now seek views from partners, residents and businesses on whether it should be implemented, following a request from West Mercia Police.

New powers, available through the PSPO that came into force in October 2014, mean that enforcement action can be taken if there is a breach of the order, but a PSPO does not affect residents or visitors going about their – lawful – daily business.

Conservative district councillor Anne Hingley, cabinet member for health, wellbeing and housing, said: “Persistent anti social behaviour is impacting on the quality of life for residents, businesses and visitors to the town centre.

“The order will define a geographical area, basically it is the town centre, and any problems within that area can be dealt with.”

Liberal and Independent councillor Fran Oborski, agreed with the orders being used in Kidderminster town centre.

“I’m absolutely delighted that we are doing this,” she said.

“I regularly get complaints from elderly people who feel quite threatened by the drinking that is taking place in front of Coronation Gardens.”

However, Independent Community and Health Concern councillor Graham Ballinger, said the move to introduce the order was “10 years too late”.

The council can make a PSPO on any public space within its own area and the maximum length is three years, but the power to make an order rests with local authorities in consultation with the police, the Police and Crime Commissioner and other relevant bodies.

A breach of the order is a criminal offence and can be dealt with through the issuing of a Fixed Penalty Notice up to £100 or a level 3 fine of £1,000 on prosecution.