September 21, 2016
Calls for Burnham-On-Sea Police to do more to halt late night joyriding

Concerned residents and councillors in Burnham-On-Sea have called on local police to do more to halt the problem of joyriding in the town.

At the latest Town Council meeting, several complaints were raised regarding the "growing problem" of vehicles being driven at high-speed around the town late at night.

Concerned resident Jennifer Frazer said: "There is a real problem with late night joyriding around Tesco, the Frank Foley Parkway and Ben Travers Way."

"When Tesco first expanded, we raised a number of concerns about unrestricted access to the car park. We engaged with the Tesco management about the problem which occurs when drivers do 'hot-hatching' around the car park and surrounding roads during quieter periods."

"This appears to be a particular problem on Saturday evenings and Sunday nights after dark."

She appealed to councillors: "Would it be possible to consider a police presence and perhaps CCTV in the affected areas."

Cllr Janet Keen asked for the concerns to be taken up with Burnham-On-Sea Police.

Town Council Clerk Denise Emery - who said she had received other letters from residents about the issue - told the meeting that the matter would be followed up with Police.

Several residents living on The Esplanade have also reported renewed problems with joyriding along the seafront and in the Pier Street car park in recent weeks.


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