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New barriers tackle motorcycle nuisance

27 April 2018
New barriers tackle motorcycle nuisance

New barriers have been installed outside a housing scheme in Sheffield in response to concerns from residents over nuisance motorcyclists.

Sanctuary Housing, South Yorkshire Police and Sheffield City Council have been working together to address the issue in Arbourthorne.

As part of the response, Sanctuary has installed new barriers between its housing scheme for over 55s on Errington Crescent and the public highway on East Bank Road.

Action was taken after residents voiced safety concerns over motorcyclists using the scheme as a cut through between nearby roads.

It is hoped the barriers will discourage motorcyclists from using the area as a shortcut, while still allowing pedestrian access.

Greg Rippon, Sanctuary’s area manager, said: “Ensuring our communities are safe places to live is a top priority and we are always keen to address any quality of life issues our residents raise.

“We were delighted to work with our local partners to come up with this positive solution and the initial feedback is that residents are very pleased and already feeling safer and more secure.”

South Yorkshire Police has a specialist team dedicated to tackling complaints about antisocial behaviour involving bikers and off-road vehicles.

PC Jamie Walker, part of the off-road team, said: “We want people to feel safe where they live and our aim is to reduce the impact to communities by illegal off-road biking and the antisocial behaviour associated with it.

“As a direct result of concerns raised by local residents at a public meeting, our dedicated team have worked with partner agencies to look at ways in which we can improve the area, with these new barriers being one method of tackling the problem.”