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Will ‘Supercar Asbo’ Halt Harrods Boy Racers?

The days of the wealthy boy racer could soon be numbered as Council officials have drafted a new type of ASBO (Anti-social Behaviour Order) to finally put the brakes on the menace of supercars in the affluent Knightsbridge neighbourhood of west London. Residents have long complained of anti-social behaviour from drivers showing off their customised cars in and around the once tranquil streets.
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea now seems to have had enough as it begins a consultation with residents to introduce a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) to help tackle the problem of revving engines, indiscriminate parking, speeding and general lowering of the tone of the area.The Season now heralds the summer months when high value automobiles worth millions of pounds are shipped into London from far-flung countries like Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Dubai for that glamorous drive-past on Knightsbridge roads. The spectacle has even spurned a following by teenage petrol-heads and car fans who chase after the drivers with video cameras. Footage of their sightings can be found on YouTube and all over social media.
A Council spokesman said the consultation was in response to requests from residents intheBrompton and Hans Town ward for the Council to address the issue of high performance cars speeding in the streets, drivers revving engines, and vehicles causing obstructions.A PSPO is a new measure, created by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, designed to deal with activities carried out in a public space that have a detrimental effect to the local community’s quality of life. The measure would enable the Council to impose restrictions within a particular area and the aim is to stop individuals or groups committing antisocial behaviour in public spaces. In addition, the Council will hold information drop-in sessions at the following venues;

  • Hans Crescent, next to Harrods on Wednesday 12 August 2015, 1pm to 3pm
  • Brompton Library on Tuesday 8 September 2015, 2pm to 4pm
  • Hans Crescent, next to Harrods on Thursday 17 September 2015, 10am to noon

Cllr Tim Ahern, Cabinet Member for Environment, Environmental Health and Leisure, said: “I know there has been a lot of coverage of expensive cars racing around Knightsbridge and also parking up and revving their engines. We want to take steps to discourage these drivers from their antisocial behaviour.”

Concerned residents can find out more about where the proposed control zone will cover and what it means, as well as giving your feedback by going to www.rbkc.gov.uk/pspo

Those with questions regarding the consultation or to request for a hard copy of the questionnaire, can contact the Council by email BIT_ELRS@rbkc.gov.uk or on 020 7341 5173.

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