Report of the Director of Markets & Consumer Protection.
Members received a report of the Director of Markets & Consumer Protection relative to the review of pilot and future Bridge House Estates (BHE) funding for enforcement activity against illegal street trading on and by the bridges. Members were informed that the two-year pilot project had been successful, with a near elimination of illegal street trading, due to the BHE funding which allowed for resources to be deployed on the bridges 7 days per week. Additional work was being done in collaboration with the City of London Police to address other illegal activity (gambling, pickpockets), enhanced enforcement powers which enabled officers to work across boundaries in Southwark and Tower Hamlets, and partnerships with organisations such as the National Food Crime Agency were beneficial in addressing crime on the bridges.
RESOLVED, that – the report be received and its contents noted.