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Gedling Borough Council takes action to address car cruising nuisance in local communities

Date Posted: 1:08 PM on Fri, 9 June 2023

Gedling Borough Council has announced further proactive measures to address the ongoing car cruising nuisance that has been affecting several wards in the area. Recent incidents of car cruising, predominantly at the Victoria Retail Park in Netherfield, Mile End Road, Loop Road, and surrounding areas in Netherfield, Colwick and Trent Valley wards, have led to significant disturbances for residents.

At a Cabinet meeting held earlier today, Gedling Borough Councillors approved for a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) that will come into force from Friday 23 June.

A PSPO imposes restrictions on the use of an area to ensure that the majority of law-abiding citizens can enjoy public spaces free from antisocial behaviour. The proposed PSPO includes conditions to address the antisocial behaviour associated with car cruising activities. It means that anyone in the area, including bystanders who are attending car cruising events, will be issued with a fine.

In addition to the PSPO, Gedling Borough Council has taken steps to enhance surveillance and monitoring in the affected areas. Recently, CCTV cameras have been installed on the Colwick Loop Road near Sainsbury's, while four Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras have been placed along the Loop Road. These security measures are being funded by the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Safer Streets bid, as part of the joint work with Gedling Borough Council and the Police ensuring the safety and well-being of the community.

Before the PSPO can be granted, a consultation process is required. Gedling Borough Council conducted a comprehensive consultation in March, seeking input from the local community, residents, businesses, local councillors, and the local police inspector. The council received several responses, all of which expressed support for the proposed PSPO.

Councillor John Clarke MBE Leader of Gedling Borough Council said:

"We welcome the introduction of the PSPO and the collaborative efforts with Nottinghamshire Police to address the concerns raised by our residents. We believe that these actions will have a positive impact and stop the car cruising events from taking place in our borough. We saw a significant reduction in these types of activities when we issued this order back in 2018 so we are confident it will have the same effect this time around. We will not tolerate anti-social behaviour and this action shows that we take these matters very seriously.”