Boy racer nuisance in Budleigh: car park might close

PUBLISHED: 12:30 02 August 2016

car driving fast into forest.

car driving fast into forest.

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‘Boy racers’ could force a popular Budleigh Salterton 24-hour car park to be closed at nights - in an attempt to curb antisocial behaviour.

The reckless motorists have been seen tearing into Budleigh, from the Exmouth link road, down the High Street before speeding up Coastguard Hill.

Police have been called after the drivers spin their cars around in Lime Kiln Car Park before speeding back to Exmouth.

Officers have not been able to respond quick enough to take action against the ‘boy racers’, leading a police community support officer to call for drastic action.

PCSO Chantalle Major sent a letter to the town council, suggesting Lime Kiln Car Park should be closed at night.

In response, the town council has passed this on to East Devon District Council (EDDC), which owns the car park.

Speaking at a council meeting on Monday, mayor Chris Kitson said the police had not been able to give the boy racers ‘significant advice’ because they had always left the scene by the time officers got there.

He said: “At a car park in Sidmouth (Manor Road), they have put in place night-time closure with either ‘crocodile teeth’ or barriers coming down.”

East Devon District Council, which owns the car park, has said it was unaware of any problems at Budleigh, but has refused to rule out the possibility of closing the car park at night.

An EDDC spokesman said: “Closing a 24-hour public car park overnight will inevitably inconvenience some customers who wish to enter or exit early in the morning or later in the evening.

“However, the council takes a responsible approach to managing its property and land assets and, if at some stage following investigation and consultation, evidence indicates that steps need to be taken to resolve antisocial behaviour or nuisance, then overnight closure of the car park may be one of a number of options that we would consider.”


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