Officials in Adur and Worthing are considering new powers to help cut the number of street drinkers, rough sleepers and beggars in Worthing.

They’re asking for our views on Public Space Protection Orders which would criminalise things like drinking alcohol in certain areas of the town centre. It follows a number of complaints from shoppers and businesses. A consultation is already underway and officials will consider the responses at a meeting in late April. Councillor Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council, said:

“Following the unwelcome rise of individuals who unlawfully camp overnight in various sites across the district, I welcome residents views on implementing this PSPO. For the residents living close to these areas and for the officers who have to deal with the impact of unauthorised camping, this can lead to nuisance, anti-social behaviour and increased need for cleansing and waste service intervention. This is due to the lack of public amenities and waste disposal services often resulting in littering, inappropriate disposal of waste and damage to nearby facilities.”

Councillor Daniel Humphreys, Leader of Worthing Borough Council, adds:

“I urge all the residents of Worthing to take part in this important public consultation process. Worthing is a great place and its residents and the many visitors to the town, deserve to be allowed to go about their business without having to witness the disruptive and sometimes upsetting consequences of individuals who drink in the street or set up camp in unsuitable and unsupported environments. I fully support this process and look forward to reviewing the public consultation results in April this year.”