Coppice car park may shut at night

ANTI-SOCIAL youths could force the closure of the Coppice car park in Belper in the evenings.

Belper Town Council is considering installing a gate at the entrance to the free car park in an attempt to stop noisy youngsters congregating there in cars.

A spokeswoman for the council said: “Currently the car park, during the evening and Sunday afternoons, is an area where young people meet with motor vehicles, play loud music from their car stereos, drink and shout.”

Police have received more than 40 calls about anti-social behaviour in the car park in the last few months.

These calls have resulted in warnings being issued and a moped being seized.

However, a lot of the time when the police arrive the youngsters have already moved on.

The spokesman added: “We know the car park is used overnight by some residents, so we will have to find a way round that.

“Perhaps we could install a key pad or something.

“Nothing has been agreed, we are just trying to find a solution to this problem.”

The council is hosting an open meeting on the issue at St John’s Chapel, The Butts, Belper, on Tuesday, October 18, at 7pm.

Members of the public are invited to attend and discuss proposals.