NEW powers to clamp down on anti-social behaviour in Dudley town centre could be on the way under new council plans.

A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) is being proposed by Dudley Council to tackle individuals and groups who commit anti-social behaviour in the town.

If granted, the local authority and police would have greater powers to curb disruptive behaviour over the next three years.

The PSPO is designed to prohibit the consumption of alcohol and intoxicating substances in public and would also help to stop groups and individuals causing nuisance, alarm, harassment or distress to others in the town and surrounding area.

It is also designed to help stop people urinating or defecating in public spaces and the dropping or discarding of litter in a public space.

Residents are now being asked for their feedback on the plans.

Councillor Laura Taylor, cabinet member responsible for community safety, said: "We are regenerating our beautiful market town on a big and exciting scale and we know the fantastic potential Dudley offers with first class visitor attractions, shopping facilities, businesses and education centres.

"Unfortunately, a small number of people seek to spoil our proud and historical town for the many who wish to enjoy it in a sensible and responsible manner, and we are here to tell them that their antisocial behaviours will not be tolerated.

"I would urge anyone who lives, works, shops and visits Dudley town centre and surrounding area to take part in this survey."

The move is also being backed by local police.

Jason Anderson, Chief Superintendent at West Midlands Police, said: "The Dudley Neighbourhood Policing Unit support the implementation of the proposed PSPO.

"It will help us to address a range of anti-social behaviours within Dudley town centre and surrounding area in a coordinated way."

The order would apply to the following areas: Woodland Avenue, part of the public footpath leading to Castle Mill Woods, Gervase Drive, Broadway, Castle Hill, Birmingham Road, Wolverton Road, North Street, the Dudley Southern By-Pass, Martin Hill Street, Vicar Street, King Street, Queen’s Cross, Wellington Road, Stafford Street, Wolverhampton Street, Salop Street, Nath Place, The Broadway, Limes Road and Priory Road.

Residents have until October 2 to offer their feedback in the following survey: