A court injunction has been granted to tackle the problem of car cruisers who have blighted the community around the Victoria Retail Park in Netherfield.
More than 200 cars have been sighted at the Victoria Retail Park, in Netherfield, on Sunday evenings with scores meeting on a weekly basis The injunction is the latest action being taken by the South Nottinghamshire Community Safety Partnership, which includes Gedling Borough Council, Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottingham shire Police to tackle the problem.
It bans drivers and passengers from taking part in a “car cruise” in an area stretching from Burton Joyce down to Colwck [PDF].
The injunction also prohibits them from causing excessive noise, danger to road users, injury to others or damage to property.
And from Easter Sunday officers from Nottinghamshire Police will be at the retail park telling those who meet up and parade their cars what it means and the consequences of breaching the order.
The injunction will be in place until December 2014 and will include regular police operations to ensure it is adhered to. This will include increased patrols in the evenings, additional CCTV monitoring and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras being utilised in the retail park along with signs to inform car cruisers of the injunction and consequences.
Cllr Michael Payne, Portfolio Holder for Communications and Public Protection at Gedling Borough Council said: “Car cruising has been a problem for a considerable amount of time. We have received hundreds of complaints from concerned residents and businesses whose lives have been blighted week after week. Injunctions in other areas have been successful and so we know it will make a massive difference to the lives of local people and bring back some quality and peace – particularly on Sunday evenings.
“A lot of effort and work has gone into this – to both secure this injunction and to make sure it is a success. But we will also be working closely with police and councils in other districts and counties to offer our support to make sure that we do not simply move them on.”
Cllr Mick Murphy, Cabinet Member for Community Safety at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “We need to take a tough stance on car cruisers otherwise there will be a serious accident due to their dangerous driving and the noise they make is a significant disturbance to local residents.
“County Council officers have worked hard to help make this happen and we have also introduced speed humps on Pinfold Close and are providing ?15,000 towards further CCTV and traffic calming measures to reduce and monitor the problem.
“We set up a similar injunction at Junction 27 near Kirkby-in-Ashfield which was the first of its kind in the UK and stamped out the car cruising problem at this site.”
DCI Andrew Hall, Head of Road Crime Operations at Nottinghamshire Police, said: “The nuisance and noise created by car cruising has a negative impact on the quality of life for both residents and businesses in the surrounding area.
“The reckless and often dangerous manner in which some of these young motorists drive is also putting the safety of those individuals, their passengers, and other road users at risk.
“Nottinghamshire Police, working in conjunction with our partners, has placed valuable resources into addressing this persistent problem which we are all committed to tackling.
“A number of tactics have already been employed, including high visibility patrols and enforcement though fixed penalty notices. Vehicles have also been seized and the injunction is a welcomed addition.
“In policing the injunction, officers will stop vehicles taking part in car cruising, or any associated antisocial behaviour within the specified area. Drivers and passengers will be warned about the consequences of their actions and, if they subsequently breach the warning, could face court action.
“We want young people to enjoy their vehicles safely, but not to the detriment of others.”