Over 90% support crackdown on anti-social driving

New powers to tackle the scourge of anti-social driving are now in force at well-known problem areas in Eastbourne after a consultation on the Public Safety Protection Order (PSPO) showed overwhelming support among residents.

Earlier this year, Cabinet councillors at Eastbourne Borough Council endorsed proposals for the new PSPO to stop dangerous and aggressive driving, speeding, illegal manoeuvres, racing and excess noise from vehicles on certain roads, including around Beachy Head, the seafront and Lottbridge Drove.

Two recent consultations followed, with over 90% of people backing the PSPO.

Now, fixed penalty notices of up to £100 or fines up to £1,000 could result for any driver failing to comply with the new PSPO.

The roads covered by the new PSPO in the Borough are Beachy Head Road; Prince William Parade; Royal Parade; Marine Parade; Grand Parade; King Edwards Parade; Dukes Drive; Upper Dukes Drive; Warren Hill; stretches of East Dean Road; Seaside; Seaside Road and Lottbridge Drove; Princes Road; Pacific Drive; Harbour Quay; Atlantic Drive and stretches of Pevensey Bay Road.

Inspector Sarah Taylor from the Eastbourne Neighbourhood Policing Team said:

“We are delighted that Eastbourne Borough Council has obtained a PSPO for anti-social driving in the town, as we are aware this is an issue having a large detrimental effect on residents. It is one of our key priorities and we fully understand the frustration and disruption it causes to our communities. The additional powers the PSPO provides will further enhance the work we already do to tackle inconsiderate drivers.

“Eastbourne welcomes careful and considerate drivers, but those that are not could now face new enforcement action where appropriate. If you have any information relating to anti-social driving, please report it to us via the Sussex Police website or Operation Crackdown at www.operationcrackdown.org. Always dial 999 in an emergency.”

For full detail of the PSPO including a map of restricted areas visit www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/community/public-spaces-protection-orders