Barrier in ASBO-plagued Malmesbury car park still under consideration
A BARRIER and speed bumps could be installed at the Station Yard car park in Malmesbury in a bid to eradicate antisocial behaviour.
Calls for barriers from locals plagued by late night noise and bad driving have been rejected in the past due to cost.
In June Malmesbury Police revealed it was the most patrolled location in the town and called for a more permanent engineering solution, warning that enforcement was simply a sticking plaster.
Now a group that includes residents, council staff and police has been set up by the community area safety partnership and is working on several ideas aimed at tackling the problem once and for all.
Partnership chairman Martin Rea told the Standards: “All options are being looked at. One of them is speed bumps within the car park, CCTV, a possible redesign of elements in the car park so that doughnuts are physically impossible.”
A barrier at the entrance with flow plates at the exit to prevent drivers using it as an entry is also being considered.
“We are considering everything,” said Mr Rea.” We are even looking at the possibility of allowing some overnight camper vans. There is anecdotal evidence that there tends to be less antisocial behaviour if people are about.
“We’re trying to find out the reason why overnight stays are not allowed.”
The group is also working on the issue of speeding down Gloucester Road.
Mr Rea said the next stage would be a topographical survey to see if the car park could be altered to prevent drivers performing doughnuts.