New enforcement teams at Peterborough City Council will tackle cycling in Bridge Street and other anti-social behaviour under powers granted by the police.
The uniformed “Safety and Enforcement” staff will be able to enforce rules on aggressive begging, street drinking, busking and illicit street trading, as well as city centre cycling which remains a major talking point in Peterborough.
The staff will be made highly visible and will be able to issue tickets to people for a number of issues such as illegal cycling, fly-tipping and incorrect parking, although there will be no powers of arrest.
Residents will be able to report anti-social behaviour to the council on the phone, in person or through the ‘My Peterborough’ phone application, and a control room will log the incident and send out the nearest enforcement officers to look into it.
Council leader Councillor John Holdich said a crackdown on anti-social behaviour will “put the pride back into our city.”
He added: “We want people to be aware we will not tolerate this behaviour.”
The outline plan for the enforcement teams was agreed this morning (Monday, December 7) at a meeting of the council’s cabinet and visible officers are now expected to be on the streets from April next year.
Speaking at the meeting, the leaders of the project denied that raising money for the council was the scheme’s priority.
Chief Inspector Robin Sissons, who will front the enforcement teams, said: “It’s not about how many tickets we produce, it’s about the confidence the public feels.
“We will not be measuring how many tickets are given.”
Chief Inspector Sissons will report to Adrian Chapman, council service director for adult services and communities, who said: “This is not about raising income. It’s about changing behaviour.”
The enforcement teams will consist of 26 current council staff and 29 neighbourhood police officers. Together they will be split into five teams and will be based in different locations across the city, including the city centre and the Can-Do area (which encompasses Millfield and New England).
The staff currently enforce action across one discipline, such as parking, but will receive training from Cambridgeshire police, Cambridgeshire Fire And Rescue Service and prison staff which will allow them to take action on a multitude of issues.
Chief Inspector Sissons said: “If an officer is walking down Lincoln Road dealing with fly-tipping and sees a car on double yellow lines, he will be able to deal with that as well.”
He added that under the new system officers should be assessing incidents within two to three hours of them being reported, and that they should be dealt with inside two days.
All reported incidents will be placed on a map so officers know which places they should be patrolling.
Officers will also be able to knock on people’s doors if they see fly-tipping and hand out tickets to the people responsible.
The council hopes that if its new model is effective then it will be able to sell it nationally.
Enforcement officers will also have the training to provide security at events such as an English Defence League march, it was stated.