Crack down on boy racers in Chatteris car park
New improvements are being introduced at a car park in Chatteris in a bid to crackdown on ‘boy racers’ causing anti-social behaviour.
Fenland District Council is undertaking work in Furrowfields Road car park following reports from residents and police of anti-social behaviour occurring at night, and a rise in the number of incidents recorded by the council’s CCTV operators during last Spring/Summer.
The improvement work includes a speed reducing ramp at the car park entrance to prevent vehicles entering and exiting at high speeds, and raised kerbs between rows of parking bays to prevent vehicle drifting and racing.
The council is also looking to upgrade the street lighting in the car park to reduce dark spots and provide better vision for CCTV surveillance.
Councillor David Oliver, the council’s portfolio holder for community safety, said: “After the council’s Community Safety team received reports of anti-social behaviour and noise occurring in the car park at night, a community door knock exercise was carried out to surrounding properties and 90 per cent of respondents were found to have experienced similar problems. The council’s Environmental Health team also undertook a noise monitoring exercise, recording several incidents involving vehicles in a seven day period.
“Since then the Community Safety team has been working with the council’s assets and projects team, which manages the day to day running and maintenance of the car park, and March Neighbourhood Police to come up with a number of improvements that will help deter the misuse of the car park by young drivers and improve the area for local residents.”
Coun Murphy added: “I’m pleased these works are taking place to help reduce anti-social behaviour and noise in
Furrowfields Road car park at night and hopefully it will benefit the nearby residents.
“The council will monitor the impact of the improvements made over the Spring/Summer period of 2019 to see if any further intervention is required.”