Update on action at The Dips

Following widespread problems around the Dips on 30/31 May, many residents contacted Councillors Ian Lewis, Lesley Rennie and Paul Hayes with requests for help to avoid a repeat in the weeks ahead.

Since then, the councillors have held several meetings with Council Directors and the following Action Plan is being implemented. Residents who have any comments or suggestions can contact Ian, Lesley or Paul.

1. VEHICLES

Traffic Management coning has been placed on the central reservation along Kings Parade to prevent parking as this is particularly dangerous for pedestrians crossing the road.  

An experimental traffic regulation order for no waiting at any time and no loading (double yellow lines and double kerb blips) around all of the central reserve and roundabouts on Kings Parade and on the south side of Coastal Drive is now in force.

If exceptionally warm weather is forecast the Council can close Coastal Drive to traffic using the existing barrier at the Harrison Drive end. This will be reviewed weekly by Council managers.

2. RESIDENT ACCESS

Use of ‘Residents Only’ barrier signs at the junctions of Mockbeggar Drive, Mockbeggar Wharf, Tide Way, The Creek, Burbo Way, Smugglers Way, Sandcliffe Road, Bayswater Gardens, Asbury Road, Barmouth Road and Bangor Road will be incorporated in the traffic management arrangements, if exceptionally warm weather is forecast.

3. LITTER

Additional large, red 'Eurobins' have been provided around the Dips as part of the wider programme around the Borough (see map below).

Biffa crews are providing additional cover to empty litter bins - twice a day.

4. PARKING ENFORCEMENT

Enhanced parking enforcement is taking place across the area. So far, 60 Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued.

A new Public Spaces Protection Order will also (from August) enable the council to issue fines to drivers parking vehicles on the Dips.

The temporary traffic regulation order preventing overnight parking of camper vans is now permanent (see attached document below) following action over the last 12 months by Councillor Lesley Rennie and the council committee that reviewed the issue.

Requests for enforcement should be emailed to parking.engineer@wirral.gov.uk and this email address is regularly monitored. The officers will increase patrols once again as we head towards another period of nice weather and the summer holidays.

5. DISPERSAL ZONES

Three Dispersal Orders, over successive weekends, were introduced by the police, following more than 300 residents backing the call for action.

Section 34 of the Anti-Social Behaviour & Policing Act 2014 gives police officers powers to direct people they suspect are causing or likely to cause crime, nuisance or anti-social behaviour to members of the public to leave a designated area for up to 48 hours.

6. PROBLEM REFERRAL

Residents are asked to report problems to the Control Room or the 24 hr control room phone number: cctvcontrolroom@wirral.gov.uk  or the 24 hour emergency number 0151 666 5265

In addition to this the plan will have a dedicated Senior Officer on duty each weekend to oversee the weekend activity and to respond and act accordingly on areas of major risk.

Merseyside Police continue to patrol the area and we have also asked for the Council's CCTV cameras to be monitored in case of further incidents.

7. PUBLIC SPACE PROTECTION ORDER

A total of 724 residents gave their views on the plans for a Public Space Protection Order, with 702 people in favour.  The PSPO will, therefore, be introduced, as advertised, hopefully during the week commencing 24 August.  It will give the police, PCSOs and Council enforcement staff the powers to:

  • Issue Fixed Penalty Notices to anyone aged 18 or over who is in breach of the Order
  • Issue Acceptable Behaviour Orders to under 18s
  • Seize and destroy alcohol, drugs and other items

8. FURTHER UPDATES

Residents who are not already receiving updates on the action being taken at the Dips are asked to email Councillor Ian Lewis ianlewis@wirral.gov.uk to receive future emails on this issue.

Attachments

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Dispersal Order 264.35 KB
Traffic Regulation Order 1 451.06 KB
Campervan restrictions 690.82 KB
Additional bin locations 886.11 KB
Mockbeggar Drive TRO letter 274.35 KB

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