Public Spaces Protection Order for Knightsbridge

Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) for Knightsbridge

Consultation on ASB from vehicles PSPO extension

The PSPO to tackle antisocial behaviour (ASB) from motor vehicles, was launched in November 2015. The lifespan of a PSPO is three years, unless an extension is applied. It is our intention that this PSPO is extended for a further three year period.

The PSPO has helped to manage the ASB created by a minority of drivers in and around the Knightsbridge area. To date we have issued 125 fixed penalty notices (FPN) and brought three cases to court; all of which were successfully prosecuted. We have a number of further cases in the pipeline that have been referred to our Legal Services team for prosecution. We have witnessed a reduction in complaints from 2016 to 2017 of 55%, but appreciate that some residents do still suffer from the ASB that is generated and feel that maintaining the PSPO will give the Council and the Police, the best opportunity to continue taking steps towards tackling this nuisance.  

We are seeking to implement two amendments to the extended PSPO. They are:

  • include non-motorised vehicles within the PSPO, so that we can tackle ASB from self-propelled vehicles such as pedicabs
  • reduce the size of the PSPO area - this will provide Council and Police officers a more focused area to concentrate on (which is a better use of the available resources)

Amendment 1

We have noticed an increase in complaints about the noise generated by pedicabs. The noise is a result of the stereo systems that the majority of them have housed within the pedicab. There are also parking and congestion issues created by pedicabs.

The Pedicabs (London) Bill was introduced to Parliament on 23 January 2018. The second reading of the Bill will take place provisionally on 26 October 2018. The Bill will enable Transport for London to licence pedicabs, their drivers and operators in a manner similar to the licensing regime applicable to Taxis. Until such time that the Bill becomes an Act of Parliament the inclusion of pedicabs in the PSPO is the only way of controlling the noise and associated ASB generated by pedicabs.

Amendment 2

The current boundary area is too big and encompasses locations where vehicle ASB is not present. The overwhelming majority of offences take place in the following streets:

  • Basil Street
  • Beauchamp Place
  • Beaufort Gardens
  • Brompton Road
  • Egerton Gardens
  • Hans Road
  • Sloane Avenue
  • Sloane Street
  • Walton Street

As such, we recommend an adjustment to the boundary as detailed on the map in the document below:

 

We believe that the two amendments will improve our ability to tackle vehicle related ASB in the Knightsbridge area. We would really welcome your feedback and ideas in relation to this proposal. The consultation will last six weeks starting from Monday 24 September 2018. Please forward your feedback or questions to: pspo@rbkc.gov.uk

 

Background

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has introduced a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in the Knightsbridge area, to address the excessive level of noise nuisance, annoyance, danger or risk or harm or injury caused by motor vehicles to members of the public.

A PSPO, created by the 2014 Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act, is intended to deal with any particular nuisances or problems in a defined area that are detrimental to the local community’s quality of life. This is done by imposing restrictions on the use of that area which applies to everyone. The aim is to stop individuals or groups committing antisocial behaviour in public spaces.

The Council consulted widely on this issue over during summer 2015 and the overwhelming response was that something should be done to address noisy vehicles in the Knightsbridge area. We have therefore taken the step of introducing a PSPO, in the areas most affected, to tackle noisy motor vehicles.

Restrictions and controlled zone

The Council makes this Order, being satisfied on reasonable grounds that the activities set out below have had or are likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality. The Council is also satisfied that the effect, or likely effect, of the activities are unreasonable and justify the restrictions imposed by the Order for the purpose of reducing antisocial behaviour in a public place.

The activities described below are prohibited from midnight 26 November 2015, between the hours of noon and 6am. The driver or owner of a motor vehicle performs any of the following activities:

(a) Revving of engine(s) (as to cause a nuisance);
(b) Repeated sudden and rapid acceleration (as to cause a nuisance);
(c) Racing;
(d) Performing stunts (as to cause a nuisance);
(e) Sounding horns (as to cause a public nuisance);
(f) Playing music in a motor vehicle (as to cause a public nuisance);
(g) Using threatening, intimidating behaviour towards another person; and
(h) Causing obstruction on a public highway, whether moving or stationary, including driving in convoy

It is an offence for a person without reasonable excuse to engage in an activity that is prohibited by this Order. A person found to be in breach of this Order is liable on summary conviction to a maximum penalty of £1,000 or to a Fixed Penalty Notice of £100.

Public Spaces Protection Order [PDF] (file size 67.67 KB)

A map of the control zone, which will cover the entire Brompton and Hans Town Ward and part of the Royal Hospital Ward is available to view below.

Map of the control zone [PDF] (file size 316.27 KB)

Contact

Members of the public can report breaches of the PSPO to the Council:

We will need the following information:

  • Where did the breach occur?
  • What time did the breach occur?
  • Which of the criteria from the PSPO were breached?
  • What was the make, model and colour of the vehicle?
  • What is the vehicle registration number?
  • If possible can you provide a description of the driver or passengers?
  • Are you prepared to provide a witness statement? (We cannot pursue a case unless this is provided)

Please note - this telephone number is not a dedicated number solely for PSPO breaches. All calls go through to the Council's contact centre. When all the call agents are busy handling calls, customers will hear an option for a “call back within an hour”, or they can continue in a queuing system until a call agent becomes available.

Enforcement Actions for breach of the PSPO

Year to date

 

  • November 2016 to October 2017: 15 Fixed Penalty Notices​
  • November 2015 to October 2016: 63 Fixed Penalty Notices

Equality Impact Assessment

The Council carried out an Equality Impact Assessment before undergoing the consultation. An Equality Impact Assessment is an improvement process which helps to determine whether the Council’s policies, practices, or new proposals will impact on, or affect different groups or communities. It enables officers to assess whether the impacts are positive, negative or unlikely to have a significant impact on each of the protected characteristic groups. A copy of the Equality Impact Assessment is available to view below.

Equality Impact Assessment [PDF] (file size 172.08 KB)