Residents reject plans to lock car park at night

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BELPER Town Council is to explore a variety of ideas to deal with anti-social behaviour on the Coppice car park.

Noisy youths congregating there forced the council to consider installing a gate to close the car park in the evenings.

But at an open meeting, called by the council to discussed the problem, residents said they were against that idea.

A council spokeswoman said: “Twenty members of the public spoke at the meeting.

“No-one was against doing something about the issue, but the majority were against putting a gate in.

“They did not believe that it could be implemented.”

Now the authority is going back to the drawing board.

The spokeswoman said: “We are going to price up different ideas to see how we can solve the problems.”

The different ideas include the overnight gating, CCTV cameras, changing the layout of the car park, reducing the size of the car park, turning lighting off earlier, using different lighting, using more lighting, and installing removable speed bumps.

The spokeswoman added: “A group of people are meeting and causing a bit of noise. It is a nuisance for the residents.

“We are also going to invite the perpetrators to a meeting to see how we can resolve it and to let them know they are causing a problem.

“Hopefully we can bring an amicable ending to this.”

The council said police had received more than 40 calls about anti-social behaviour on the car park during the last few months.

They included complaints about loud music from car stereos, drinking, and people shouting.

Another meeting will be held by the council to discuss the issue, but a date has yet to be set.