Newham

Still time for residents to share their views on boy racers banning order

5 October 2015 in Community safety
Residents have a few more days to get involved in a consultation on plans which will give Newham Council the power to ban boy racers in the south of the borough.
​The council is seeking the views of residents on the introduction of the borough’s first Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). This is 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. Residents have until Thursday 8 October to submit their views.

If introduced the order, which is being proposed for the Beckton, Royal Docks and Custom House wards, will target drivers who like to gather in the area causing anti-social behaviour and racing their cars in Fast and Furious style events.

The reckless driving puts the lives of the drivers and their passengers at risk as well as those of  residents and other motorists. The noise from the cars racing and gathering in nearby retail parks has also been causing a nuisance to residents living nearby. 

Over the last two years the council and the police have taken action to prevent the races which often take place in Royal Albert Way and Royal Docks Road including seizing vehicles and closing roads. The council has been working with the owners of the nearby retail parks to lock the car parks to prevent the boy racers from gathering in the area at night. However racing is still taking place.  

PSPOs, which were introduced in October 2014, give councils the power to ban any behaviour which is causing a nuisance in a designated area for up to three years. 

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. 

The order will also prevent 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. 

“I encourage residents to get involved in the consultation and help the council in its efforts to get rid of these reckless drivers.”