'Bring down barriers'

EXPENSIVE barriers installed at a car park of a Clevedon supermarket have been locked - in the open position. Bosses at the Lidl store spent thousands of pounds putting in barriers at the entrance of the shop car park at Great Western Way. But community l

EXPENSIVE barriers installed at a car park of a Clevedon supermarket have been locked - in the open position.Bosses at the Lidl store spent thousands of pounds putting in barriers at the entrance of the shop car park at Great Western Way.But community leaders say since they went in, they have not been locked shut at night, meaning problems with youths using the car park as a race track are continuing.Now Clevedon Local Action Team is trying to contact Lidl to ask store chiefs why the barriers are not being used.Clevedon Local Action Team chairman Patrick McNeill said: "There have been numerous problems with youths behaving badly in the car park at night."They are gathering there and causing real problems for local residents by being noisy, driving cars and motorbikes around the car park. "I have received a number of complaints and as a Local Action Team we were very pleased to see the barriers installed. "However they have yet to be locked."It seems stupid to spend all that money on barriers but not use them."Bosses at Lidl said the barriers were installed to keep out unruly youths at night and couldn't understand why they had not been locked.Lidl spokesman James Mitchell said: "The idea of the barriers was to lock them open during the day and then lock them at night."We spent thousands of pounds on these barriers with the full intention of having them down and locked at night."I have no idea why this hasn't happened and will be looking into the matter immediately.


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