COUNCILLORS have overwhelmingly backed plans to tackle boozy behaviour in Workman Gardens.
Members of Wychavon District Council’s Executive Board voted to approve plans for a Designated Public Place Order (DPPO) for the picturesque park at a meeting on Tuesday (October 14).
The thorny issue of drinking and alleged anti social behaviour has blighted Workman Gardens and nearby residents since 2010 and complaints have risen again in the past year.
Long suffering residents in Monks Close and boaters moored up for the night regularly complained about groups of men drinking, urinating in the river and bushes, excessive noise and serious anti social behaviour.
Efforts to enforce a crackdown have been taking place in recent months and included regular patrols in the vicinity talking to both residents and drinkers.
Speaking at the meeting, council leader Coun Paul Middlebrough said: “We are being asked to give consideration to this, well I think we need to do more than that.
“I propose we do put forward a DPPO providing Evesham Town Council support it.”
His proposal was welcomed by Coun Andrew Dyke, who also serves on Evesham Town Council, and said: “I am really pleased
to hear what is being suggested.”
“It is something we have been going on about for a long time, the people of Evesham and the area in particular will be delighted at this decision.” he added.
And Coun Gerry O’Donnell added: “I would hope some agreement would take place and see no reason why Evesham Town Council wouldn’t consider it.
Mark Travis, Superintendent for South Worcestershire said: “Following concerns from residents we have run a policing operation to understand the issues associated with Workman Gardens.
“Despite using significant resources and a range of tactics we found that the vast majority of members of the public were law abiding members of the local community who were enjoying the use of Workman Gardens whilst respecting the needs of
“We will continue to monitor public feedback. We work closely with our partners to address issues of anti social behaviour.”
Dave Hemming, Community Safety Manager at Wychavon District Council said: “Despite the police finding a reasonably low level of problems in the park we know that residents and members still have concerns about the park and visitors do feel
intimidated when groups of people are drinking and congregating there.
“These new powers will mean we can tackle drinking when it is coupled with nuisance or annoyance. I’m sure all communities will welcome this move.” he added.
Members of Evesham Town Council will now discuss the proposals at a forthcoming meeting.