CHESHIRE West and Chester councillors have renewed existing measures controlling the consumption of alcohol and dog fouling in public spaces.

The measures, known as ‘public space protection orders’, or PSPOs, are designed to ‘regulate activities in particular public places that can have a detrimental effect on the local community’ by giving ‘local councils and local police additional powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in specific locations’.

Dog fouling and alcohol consumption orders have existed across the Cheshire West and Chester borough since 2014, but have a shelf-life of three years before needing renewal.

As the 2017 orders were set to expire in October, CWAC council cabinet members voted unanimously in favour of renewing their validity.

They will now stay in place until October 2024, with a review in 2023.

To facilitate the move, the authority launched a consultation in July which Cllr Robert Cernik said attracted ‘strong public support’ for renewing the measures.

Data shows 85 percent of residents supported continuing the alcohol control orders, and 84 percent said dog fouling controls should be extended.

Fines for not complying with the dog fouling restrictions are set as a £100 fixed penalty notice, and can be issued to anyone who does not pick up after their dog in a space which the public are permitted or entitled to access.

Signs do not need to be displayed for a fine to be issued.

Fixed penalty notices can also be handed to those who do not surrender alcohol or cease drinking when asked by law enforcement.