Consultation on Newham boy racers to end this week
- Credit: Steve Poston
A consultation on plans which aim to give Newham Council the power to ban boy racers in the south of the borough is due to end this week.
The council is seeking the views of residents on the introduction of the borough’s first Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) - A new power under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, giving the police and council powers to fine people behaving anti-socially in an area.
The order proposes to target drivers who like to gather in the Beckton, Royal Docks and Custom House wards, causing anti-social behaviour and racing their cars in Fast and Furious style events.
If introduced the order will give the council and police the power to issue a £100 fixed penalty notice to drivers and motorcyclists gathering and racing in the three wards.
It will also allow the council to take action against other nuisance activities in the area including motorcyclists cutting through Beckton District Park and New Beckton Park and people illegally selling goods at the races as well as preventing drivers from entering the retail parks after 8pm unless they are visiting one of the restaurants that are open.
Councillor Unmesh Desai, cabinet member for crime and anti-social behaviour, said: “These boy racers have been putting the lives of residents and other motorists at risk as they gather and race through the borough late at night.
“Their loud revving engines, booming music and screeching tyres have been ruining the lives of residents living nearby for too long. This new power would give the council the ability to target these louts immediately and give them a fine – making it not worth coming to Newham to get their thrills.
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“I encourage residents to get involved in the consultation and help the council in its efforts to get rid of these reckless drivers.”
For further details or to take part in the consultation visit newham.gov.uk/pspo
Residents have until Thursday 8 October to submit their views.