Basildon boy racer PSPO extended

Boy racers will be fined if they meet in more areas in Basildon borough after complaints of “out of control” car cruising events.

A Public Space Protection Order has been extended by Basildon Borough Council to include Seax Way, near Laindon.

According to a council report, police have received numerous complaints regarding car meets in the between October 2022-February 2023, including one where over 100 cars attended in Fenton Way.

On another occasion, cars were also racing around the estate and drifting around the roundabout the wrong way, the report continued.

The cabinet me last night to approve the changes, and to extend the contract for the borough’s community safety wardens until March next year, at an estimated cost of £400,000.

Councillor Craig Rimmer (Con, Pitsea South East) told the cabinet he was “extremely proud” of the progress of the PSPO, which had been evidence in the nearly- two hundred incidents of antisocial behaviour stopped by the wardens.

He said: “On top of that the key issue that drove us was this sort of car cruising and issues with boy racers.” He also said council leader Andrew Baggott (Con, Burstead) had been “to the right of Genghis Khan on law and order.”

Deputy Labour leader Cllr Melissa McGeorge (Vange) asked for a further breakdown of the number of incidents the wardens had not managed to reach.

She said: “The PSPO was long-needed, I’m glad that we’ve got that and I’m glad that we’ve got the security, the community wardens out there on the streets.

“The only thing I will say is that the money we’re spending, we need to make sure we’re getting the value for money on that.”

According to the report, warden patrols have witnessed 187 incidents of antisocial behaviour, including 26 involving a banned use of a car and 33 involving illegal drugs or psychoactive substances.

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Charlie Ridler

Local Democracy Reporter