Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration
Decision status: Recommendations approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
This is a Key Decision report to sign off implementation of a PSPO, following a 10 week public consultation survey.
1.1. That the Executive Director for Environment & City Management, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Communities and Regeneration, agrees to:
a) The making of a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to tackle nuisance vehicles and car meets in St James’s and Knightsbridge & Belgravia wards as outlined in Appendix 1;.
2. Reasons for decision
2.1. The City of Westminster is at the heart of London, a world class City. Westminster City Council’s policies aim to safeguard the architectural and historic character of the city and provide an inclusive environment for everyone who lives, works, and visits. To help achieve this, we want measures in place to deter crime and anti-social behaviour while, at the same time, ensuring that the appropriate support is available to protect some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
2.2. Nuisance vehicles and car meets have been a persistent source of crime and noise nuisance in recent years, leading to a number of complaints from members of the public and a series of costly policing operations to respond to the issue. Despite this, problems persist, and the Council and its partners are looking at more sustainable ways to tackle the problem.
2.3. If the Cabinet Member is minded to make the PSPO as recommended, The Executive Director for Environment & City Management is asked to to approve the proposals outlined in this report and to commit the necessary resources to implement the proposal.
Publication date: 20/12/2021
Date of decision: 20/12/2021
Effective from: 31/12/2021