Decision details

Final Report of the Task and Finish Group to Examine the Issues with Car Cruising in Peterborough - NOV22/CAB/47

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The purpose of this report is to advise Cabinet of the work of the Task and Finish group and seek endorsement of the recommendations proposed by the Growth, Resources and Communities Scrutiny Committee. 


Cabinet considered the final report from the Task and Finish Group and RESOLVED to endorse the report and recommendations contained within; namely: 


1.    That the council works over the next 12 –18 months to obtain a city-wide injunction for car cruising and explores all opportunities for external funding to support this.?? 

2.    In the interim period, the council extends the Woodston Public Space Protection (PSPO) and include Pleasure Fair Meadow car park and extends to other hot spot areas should they be required, and the evidence supports it.?? 

3.    That the council works with Cambridgeshire Constabulary to develop a Community Protection Notice (CPN) scheme, issued to any driver/owner committing anti-social behaviour.?? 

4.    That council officers explore funding for additional appropriate infrastructure measures such as ANPR cameras, physical barriers and working with private landowners to deter car cruise or anti-social driving as necessary.?? 

5.    That the council makes a proactive effort to use existing CCTV resources as evidence gathering for reporting issues to the police and for enforcement.?? 

6.    That the Task and Finish group’s work is now concluded, and the group is formally closed.? However, it should be noted that the Task and Finish group’s work has concentrated on the impact from anti-social car driving and has not specifically looked at other vehicles such as motorbikes and e-scooters.?? 


Reasons for the decision:

Car cruising often leads to anti-social and dangerous driving, not to mention noise, smell and distress for nearby residents.? There is a risk that these continued events will lead to a serious accident without further action being taken.? Preventative action through an injunction or PSPO will reduce the impact and risks associated with car cruising.? 

Alternative options considered:

Do nothing and continue with the status quo.? This option would continue to see resident’s lives impacted through the actions and behaviour of people attending car cruise events.? In addition, there remains a higher risk of drivers, passengers or spectators being killed or seriously injured as a result.? 

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Publication date: 14/11/2022

Date of decision: 14/11/2022

Decided at meeting: 14/11/2022 - Cabinet

Effective from: 18/11/2022

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