Dartford Borough Council is considering introducing a borough-wide Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to help tackle dangerous, anti-social and inconsiderate driving.
Late night gatherings of vehicles, particularly in the Crossways Boulevard area of Greenhithe, have had a significant impact on how safe people feel.
The Council realises that communities want more to be done to tackle this issue. Before it can act, it is asking residents and businesses to share their experience to help shape proposals.
A draft of the proposed PSPO is available for residents to view online along with a survey to get their views. It outlines a list of behaviours that vehicle owners would no longer be able to carry out, without facing punishment.
These include: car cruising, wheel spins, racing and performing stunts, along with the recording of these types of activities.
The PSPO would give Council and Kent Police officers powers to fine any offenders.
Leader of the Council Jeremy Kite MBE said: “The Council doesn’t want to get in the way of people enjoying themselves, but using public highways to race near people’s homes and businesses is unacceptable
“There are places where these kinds of meet ups can take place safely, so that car enthusiasts can enjoy themselves freely without endangering pedestrians’ lives or causing a nuisance to nearby properties.
“I’d encourage residents to respond to this consultation and to share it, so that we can be fully informed of local people’s views before approving the PSPO.”
To view the proposed PSPO and respond to the survey, click here.
The survey closes at 4pm on April 1st, after which a further paper will be presented to Cabinet with the outcomes of the consultation and recommendations