Boy racers are driving out tourists

PUBLISHED: 06:41 24 August 2006 | UPDATED: 09:45 24 May 2010

BOY racers have been terrorising a family business in Uphill and driving customers away with excessive noise, dangerous driving and offensive graffiti. Slimeridge Farm Touring Site on Links Road is located just off the beach, but the site manager says the

BOY racers have been terrorising a family business in Uphill and driving customers away with excessive noise, dangerous driving and offensive graffiti.Slimeridge Farm Touring Site on Links Road is located just off the beach, but the site manager says they are losing trade at an astonishing rate due to convoys of boy racers tearing onto the sands and using it as a racetrack.The site's owners dread the weekend and the familiar sound of roaring engines and pounding music as the car fanatics take over the beauty spot.Manager Julia Brown said: "This is just a quiet little residential road, but we can have anything up to 40 cars zooming onto the beach and performing stunts."I think it's simply an accident waiting to happen. It's getting to be a huge problem. We have the gate which is supposed to be locked at about 11pm. But people use it and don't close it and that's when all the boy racers go back onto the beach. That's when the graffiti is happening. We've complained so many times but nothing appears to be getting done."The latest graffiti to appear on the sea wall, which separates the caravan park from the beach, was believed to have been sparked by the terrorist threat last week. Police are investigating the incident and the graffiti will be cleaned off by North Somerset Council.Slimeridge Farm Touring Site has 55 pitches. However, Mrs Brown, who has been a manager at the site for 15 years, says that each weekend customers are being driven away by the boy racers.She said: "We have a lot of people who have been coming for many, many years because they say it's a wonderful area from which they can walk into Weston, but they are not coming back because of the noise."I would say over each weekend I get at least two or three who say they won't be coming back. That's a substantial part of my business."When it was hot, the cars were there until 4am. Everybody pitched along that sea wall said they would not come back - that was around 16 motorhomes."Mrs Brown believes the answer to the problem is tighter security on the gate to the beach. A warden is employed by the council to open the barrier in the morning and shut it again at night to keep people out, but a number of other groups have keys to the gate.A council spokesman said: "It's frustrating for the rangers who lock the barriers and come back the next morning on occasions and find them unlocked. We are investigating replacing the lock with one you can't take the key out of without locking it back up. We will also have a list of who has got access to it.

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