Campaign to protect local nature reserves

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At Fens Pool Nature Reserve with local residents to see the damage done by illegal motorbikes and quadbikes
At Fens Pool Nature Reserve with local residents to see the damage done by illegal motorbikes and quadbikes

Dudley South MP Mike Wood has launched a campaign to crack down on motorbikes and quad bikes riding illegally across local nature reserves.

The MP is calling upon Dudley Council to take out a Public Space Protection Order to safeguard Fens Pool and Barrow Hill Reserves in Pensnett, after being contacted by a number of constituents.

The nature reserves have been terrorised by people driving motorbikes and quadbikes over them, and people who live nearby or use the green spaces say that they make them feel unsafe.

Brierley Hill Police report that they have confiscated two off-road motorbikes locally in the past two weeks that were being ridden illegally.

Mike has written to the local police chiefs to raise the concerns of his affected constituents, calling on them to step up action against the illegal bikes, and has called upon the Council to intervene – in the form of Public Space Protection Orders - before the problem escalates even further.

Mike said, “Several local residents have told me that the bikes are causing a danger to people in and around the reserves, a nuisance to people living nearby, and damage to the nature reserves themselves.

 “I am pleased that the Police have recognised the problem and have started to take action, but this widespread problem highlights the need for both the Council and the Police to make sure they are doing everything possible to put an end to this criminal activity.

“Local people need proper action to be taken to protect not only the nature reserves themselves but also the safety of all those using them.”

I am pleased that the Police have recognised the problem and have started to take action, but this widespread problem highlights the need for both the Council and the Police to make sure they are doing everything possible to put an end to this criminal activity.

Local people need proper action to be taken to protect not only the nature reserves themselves but also the safety of all those using them.