Decision details

Car Cruise PSPO

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: For Determination

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The Cabinet considered a report of the Executive Director (Neighbourhoods and Environment) highlighting that the existing car cruise injunction expires on 12th April 2023 and seeks consideration whether the Council should apply to extend this injunction or commence statutory consultation on changing this injunction to a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO). 



1. That consultation be undertaken into the possibility of the Council implementing a Public Spaces Protection Order under Sections 60 & 61 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 in respect of the area and activities detailed in Appendix 2 to the submitted report.    


2. That the proposed consultation process commences as soon as practically possible.


3. That authority be delegated to the Executive Director (Neighbourhoods and Environment) and Director of Public Protection to:


a) Finalise the draft PSPO to form part of the Consultation.

b) Agree the final form of the Consultation.

c) Explore and report back to Cabinet following the consultation additional resource requirements to effectively enforce the PSPO.


Reasons for decision:


1. The existing car cruise injunction is against “persons unknown”, and therefore there could be no realistic way of ensuring every participant in a cruise was aware about the injunction prior to attending the City.


2. The process for recording a breach against a person’s unknown under the current car cruise injunction is time consuming and does not enable a prompt deterrent response when breaches occur.  The process of serving an FPN against a breach of a PSPO is dealt with far quicker and is more expedient to serve.


Other options:


1. To apply to the High Court to extend the existing car cruise injunction for a further period.


2. Not to renew the existing car cruise injunction or engage in the consultation process for a PSPO.  This would result in the car cruise injunction expiring at midnight on 11th April 2023, and this enforcement power would no longer be available to Essex Police and the Council’s authorised officers for tackling ASB in the restricted area.


Note: This is an Executive Function

Eligible for call-in to: Policy and Resources Scrutiny Committee

Cabinet Member: Cllr Terry

Report author: John Burr

Publication date: 13/01/2023

Date of decision: 12/01/2023

Decided at meeting: 12/01/2023 - Cabinet

Effective from: 21/01/2023

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