Day of action to target speeding and nuisance off-road riding

6 February 2019

A crackdown on speeding and illegal off-road biking will be a key focus of the district council’s next Cleaner, Safer and Greener ‘day of action’, which is taking place next month in Hawtonville, Newark.

More than 40 local residents raised concern over nuisance motorists at the Hawtonville Safer Neighbourhood Group last year, which was set up by Newark and Sherwood District Council's anti-social behaviour team and partners to listen to concerns from residents about issues that affect them.

The day of action, on March 8, has been designed to help bring a range of improvements to the local community which will feature council frontline staff working with residents to deep cleanse the streets and deal with public safety and anti-social issues.

As well as tackling environmental issues including dog fouling and littering, the legalities attached to both off-road biking and speeding will be highlighted on the day by police and council anti-social behaviour officers.

Incidents of unlawful off-road biking on private and public land have increased dramatically in recent years and inappropriate use can lead to serious injury or even death aside from the nuisance, alarm and distress they can cause. Many cases involve the use of quads, off-road bikes or pit bikes which are untaxed or uninsured and are a threat to public safety.

Offenders are being warned that not only do they risk having their bikes confiscated if they fall foul of the law, they could – if they are Newark and Sherwood Homes tenants and are in breach of their tenancy obligations – lose their home.

Leader of Newark and Sherwood District Council, David Lloyd said: “As part of the Cleaner, Safer and Greener campaign, we are taking an uncompromising approach to the enforcement of anti-social behaviour that compromises the safety of our residents.

“We will continue to work with the police and other agencies to make sure our communities remain safe and free of vehicles and bikes that pose a danger and a nuisance to local communities.”

The district council, in partnership with Nottinghamshire Police, is involved in an ongoing campaign named Operation Jericho to crack down on the danger, noise and nuisance posed by off-road bikes and vehicles. Through the operation, the police off road bike team will be present on the day of action patrolling off-road hotspots to deal with any incidents of illegal biking.

On the lead up to and on the day itself, additional signs will be put up warning off-road bikers that they could face confiscation of the bike, a fine or legal action if they are found illegally riding in certain areas.

A community-led Speedwatch group in Hawtonville has also been set up with the support of local police to monitor vehicle speeds using detection devices. On the day, local residents and police will be using such equipment at different locations to monitor speeds of vehicles in the Hawtonville area.

Inspector Heather Sutton, district commander of Newark and Sherwood police, said: “Speeding and vehicle nuisance can have such a negative impact on the community, both through the noise nuisance it causes and the danger to other road users. We are grateful to the Hawtonville community Speedwatch group who have shown great commitment. Together with Newark and Sherwood District Council we will continue to tackle this issue with all our powers.”

Street surgeries hosted by the council and police are scheduled for the day where residents will be able to raise any concerns that affect them including crime and anti-social behaviour.

Bike marking and advice regarding cycle safety and security will also be available, with a limited number of free, good quality bike locks and lights available.

Anyone who is able to offer support or who wants to become involved in the community litter-pick should email customerservices@nsdc.info or telephone 01636 650000.

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