Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion and Community Safety
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
This report recommends introducing a PSPO to reduce anti-social behaviour related to certain behaviours along the Thames Path. It is proposed that this Order remains in force for a period of three years.
That the Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion and Community Safety:
1. Approves the introduction of a PSPO for prohibiting the use of e-bikes, e-scooters and other electronic vehicles along the pedestrianised parts of the Thames Path for a period of 3 years (July 2023 to July 2026).
2. Delegates authority to sign the PSPO to the Assistant Director of Community Safety, Resilience and CCTV.
The proposed order is being recommended following a public consultation exercise which received 1,233 responses. The findings of the public consultation can be found in Appendix 3. The findings of the public consultation found that 70.8% of respondents felt that vehicles are being ridden irresponsibly down the Thames Path which decreases safety. Making the decision to implement the PSPO will give the council’s Law Enforcement Officers, and other authorized enforcement officers, tools to combat this.
In summary the options are:
· Option 1 – A PSPO is introduced prohibiting the use of e-bikes, e-scooters and other electronic vehicles on the pedestrianised parts of the Thames Path (RECOMMENDED OPTION).
· Option 2 – A PSPO is introduced with the original proposed prohibitions (NOT RECOMMENDED).
· Option 3 – Not to introduce a PSPO (NOT RECOMMENDED).
A full analysis of the options can be found in the report.
Publication date: 29/06/2023
Date of decision: 28/06/2023
Effective from: 05/07/2023