PROPOSALS to tackle anti-social behaviour in the town centre are being considered by the council.

Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) could be issued to combat street drinking, drugs and begging if the plans are approved.

Reading Borough Council's Housing, Neighbourhoods and Leisure committee will meet to discuss the plans on November 15.

Designated PSPOs are already in place in some areas of the town, but a legislation change means they were automatically converted in October.

Councillor Liz Terry, lead member for Neighbourhoods, said: “Reading’s excellent range of shopping, leisure and entertainment facilities attracts visitors from far and wide but, like every big town, our success also brings with it some problems of anti-social behaviour.

“It is important that we tackle these issues for the benefit of our residents, visitors and those who work in Reading.

“The orders proposed are aimed at dealing with the problems which are often raised as areas of concern by residents to the Council and Police.

"The proposed consultation will give everyone a chance to have their say on these proposals.”

Responsibility for enforcing the new orders would be shared between the council and Thames Valley Police.