'Block off car park'
BLEARY eyed homeowners are pressing council chiefs to block off a Nailsea car park in a bid to allow them to get a good night's sleep. Fed up residents
BLEARY eyed homeowners are pressing council chiefs to block off a Nailsea car park in a bid to allow them to get a good night's sleep.Fed up residents living in Clevedon Road and West Way say they are constantly being kept awake by boy racers parking up in the Clevedon Road car park with their stereos blasting until the early hours.They said, despite North Somerset Council spending nearly £50,000 on redesigning the car park to make it a no go area for racers, they are still parking up there at night and disturbing local people.Now they are calling on council chiefs to look again at installing a lockable barrier at the entrance to the car park.One fed up resident, who did not want to be named, said: "These teenagers use the car park like a pit stop as they race around the town."We have had to ring the police at 3am because they are parked up with loud music playing. A lot of residents in Clevedon Road and West Way are really fed up with the problems in the car park."The resident said he and his neighbours want to see a barrier put up at the car park entrance and locked at night.He added: "The council say there would be a problem with getting someone to open and lock the barrier."But they have already spent £45,000 on a scheme which hasn't worked."A barrier would only have cost in the region of £6,000 and the rest of the money could have been used to pay someone to open and shut the barrier for several years."Nailsea Town Council clerk Ian Morrell said the council had ruled out the idea of installing a barrier. Mr Morrell said: "The problem with blocking off this car park is that it is likely to move the problem somewhere else. Also if it is closed off at night it prevents genuine users from accessing the car park."The area is covered by CCTV and we have raised the matter with the police.