7, 2018 Angry
Burnham-On-Sea residents call on council to halt boy racers
residents living besides a Burnham-On-Sea car park have called on
town councillors to do more to crackdown on 'boy racers' and "horrendous"
late night noise.
residents - who have asked not to be named - lobbied town councillors
over the worsening problems in the Pier Street and B&M car parks.
resident told councillors at this week's meeting: "We can't
sit in our back gardens any longer due to the horrendous revving
from these vehicles and foul language at all hours of the day."
said: "I hear stereo radios blasting from the cars through
the evening and during the early hours - it's so loud that the house
vibrates with the noise and you can't sleep through it."
got so bad that they dictate when I sleep - you simply can't just
go into the bedroom at a normal time because of the noise from these
drivers congregating there."
also claim the recently-installed CCTV cameras are often pointed
in the wrong direction and don't capture the vehicles.
District Council recently installed the upgraded infra-red CCTV
cameras in the car park to tackle anti-social driving, as we featured
Police's Sgt Ryan Edwards said the problem is focussed on "around
8-10 cars who keep returning", adding: "Many act in a
reasonable manner, but some use local roads as a racing track."
Edwards says he has met with Sedgemoor's CCTV team to discuss the
problems: "The cameras have definitely been a success in relating
to anti social behaviour in the car park, but they still do congregate
at one end."
district council is aware and is looking at a new engagement strategy
working with businesses, residents and the boy racers. They need
residents to telephone the anti-social behaviour hotline on 0800
298 2009 to report incidents everytime they occurr."
video shows 'boy racers' speeding around the seafront car parks
at high speed in Burnham.
local residents have proposed that security gates are installed
to lock up the car park at night and halt the problems.
Edwards, pictured, said at this week's meeting: "We
could cordon off the car park but that comes with costs and we'd
need to consider the financial impact to Sedgemoor District Council."
Louise Parkin said that residents must keep reporting the issues
to the anti-social behaviour hotline, while Cllr Kate Lawson added
that Sedgemoor's environmental health department should also investigate
the "excessive" noise levels from the vehicles.
Janet Keen said: "I see this as an urgent matter and will ask
our district council where the cameras are pointed and focussed."
Mayor Bill Hancock reassured residents: "We understand the
problems and will follow them up with Sedgemoor to discuss the poor
lighting in the car park, CCTV concerns and noise levels."
for Avon and Somerset Police told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Were
keen to identify those responsible and would encourage people to
report any activity."