MORE than 700 people have backed calls for Public Space Protection Orders aimed at tackling anti-social behaviour in parts of Wirral.

The orders, covering the Dips in New Brighton and Cubbins Green, West Kirby, could be introduced from as early as this week. 

In the immediate aftermath of problems, council managers worked with local councillors and residents on measures aimed at tackling some of the issues - including traffic regulations, additional litter bins and extra visits by the Biffa crews. 

Merseyside Police also introduced three consecutive dispersal orders around the Dips.

In spite of these measures, some problems continued, leading to the proposed PSPO.

The council’s 14-day consultation saw 724 people respond, with 702 in favour.

During the consultation, residents raised concerns about people urinating and defecating on open space and parking on the Dips - these behaviours will also be covered by the Order.

Wirral Conservative group leader, Cllr Ian Lewis has thanked those residents who took part: "The behaviour we have seen at some of our local green spaces since lockdown restrictions were eased has been nothing short of a disgrace by the usual minority who couldn't give a toss for their community.

"The silent majority have now given their backing to the new Orders, meaning that anyone in breach will face fines and penalties from now on as well as giving police, PCSOs and Council enforcement staff the powers to Issue Acceptable Behaviour Orders to under 18s as well as seizing and destroying alcohol, drugs and legal highs from anyone causing a nuisance."