Friday, 28 August 2015

Nuisance Bikers - Residents Urged Not To Take Matters into their Own Hands

A dedicated group has been set up to tackle the issue nuisance bikers in Houghton Regis.

The group, which has been set up by the Houghton Regis Partnership Committee, will look at all aspects of the problem and consider ways to address it.

The Partnership Committee is made up of members of Central Bedfordshire Council and Houghton Regis Town Council, and both authorities are working in partnership with the police and other teams including community safety, environmental protection and youth workers to try and introduce measures to reduce this antisocial behaviour.

The group will work to identify options and solutions that are satisfactory to everyone. It will provide regular updates to the Partnership Committee on its progress and about any options and solutions that are identified.

Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: "Houghton Regis is a great area to live and there are plenty of fantastic things going on there. However, we realise that nuisance bikers have been causing upset for residents, which is why we are working together to try to eradicate the problem.

"This is a problem faced by councils nationwide, and unfortunately there is no simple solution. However, we hope by working together with residents and other organisations that we can identify why it is taking place and how to stop it.

"It is encouraging to hear from residents who say that the situation has started to improve over the past few weeks following the implementation of some of these measures.

"I would encourage anyone who has any feedback to get in touch with their local ward member."

Clare Evans, Clerk of Houghton Regis Town Council, said: "The Town Council is looking forward to continuing to work in close partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council, Bedfordshire Police and other stakeholders to try and establish a framework for addressing this issue.

"The issue can at times be extensive and is blight on the lives of local residents. It is hoped that by developing a robust framework containing variable solutions that this negative issue can be minimised or removed."

Residents are being urged not to take matters into their own hands to deal with nuisance bikers, but to call Bedfordshire Police on 101 with any concerns.