Epping Forest Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) is celebrating its success in cracking down on nuisance caused by mini motorbikes on the Ninefields Estate in Waltham Abbey.
The Partnership has implemented a number of key projects and initiatives over the last year, which have made a positive impact and considerably reduced the nuisance caused by these machines.
Simon Ford, the Council`s Crime and Disorder Reduction Co-Ordinator and Chair of the target group set up by the Partnership to deal with this issue said: Following concerns raised by residents and Councillors about the level of noise and nuisance caused by mini motorbikes in and around the Ninefields Estate, a multi-agency group was formed consisting of the Police, Council and Fire Service as well as Voluntary Action staff which began addressing the problems through a 15 point action plan.
Residents also took a proactive role. The Plan consisted of installing additional fencing, barriers and lockable gating. A number of Z gates were also erected along key routes to discourage riders. In addition, residents were given a hotline number to report motorcycle activity and were provided with a leaflet outlining the action the Police and Council could take against riders who caused harassment and nuisance. This included confiscation of motorbikes and warning letters being sent to parents.
The Police and Council carried out two joint operations during the year targeting offenders, with further operations planned if necessary. As a result of the initiative, a new Residents` Association has been formed which will be able to take forward concerns to the relevant agencies.
Simon Ford concluded: This has been a first class example of how agencies from both the voluntary and statutory sector, working in partnership with residents can take action to tackle a localised problem. What we have seen here is a commitment by all involved to tackle head on a problem that has affected many people`s lives on the estate. I am delighted with the results they have achieved and I thank everyone for their commitment. I would now encourage residents to channel any future problems to the new Residents` Association.
Anyone who would like to report any nuisance motorcycle on the Ninefields Estate should call the hotline number – 07715 771603 – quoting Operation Blandy.