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Campaign to TARGET off-road bikes
Friday 26th February, 2010

A campaign to stop off-road bikes causing a nuisance to residents and damage to grassed areas is being launched in Platt Bridge.

Complaints from members of the community in the Millers Lane area has led to a joint campaign being rolled out. TARGET stands for Take Action, Report it, GET it sorted! - and is being run by Wigan and Leigh Housing, Greater Manchester Police, and the Council’s Neighbourhood Team.

Wigan and Leigh Housing’s Area Housing Manager for Platt Bridge, Tracey Smith, says: “The nuisance and danger caused by off road machines affects the quality of life of people living in the area. We all need to work together to stop them.

“The launch of this campaign will be the start of a programme of work which includes putting up signs on areas of open land to act as a first warning, putting up barrier fencing and bollards and other initiatives to improve the area and make it a safer and more pleasant place to live.”

The various works have been jointly funded by Wigan and Leigh Housing’s Better Neighbourhoods Fund, Platt Bridge Community Forum and funding from PACT - Partners and Communities Together.

Sergeant Dave Johnston, from Greater Manchester Police (Hindley Neighbourhood Policing Team) says:
“Riders using bikes on our roads and public areas need to understand if they are caught riding them illegally, the machine will be confiscated, whether or not it belongs to them. We need the support of the local community to pass us information about when and where this is taking place, and who is responsible. When we have sufficient evidence these offenders will be prosecuted and vehicles will be seized.

“These machines are only legal on a public road if they are registered with DVLA, fully insured with an MOT and the rider has a licence and safety equipment is worn.”

The campaign will also include a clampdown on fly tipping. Campaign organisers have secured funding to provide litter bins on the estate and will be organising clean up events in the area.

Cabinet champion for neighbourhoods, Cllr. Kevin Anderson says:
“The illegal use of off-road vehicles not only causes considerable damage, but brings distress and misery to affected neighbourhoods.

“This campaign sends a clear message to offenders that this kind of anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and robust action will be taken against those who continue to cause a nuisance.”

You can report any off-road incident to Greater Manchester Police in confidence on 0161 872 5050. Ideally the information they would need is: where it is happening, a description of the people involved, and a description of the vehicles involved (make, model, colour and registration).

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