Park gates needed to deter joyriders

Gates are to be installed at Glen Park in Surfleet to stop night-time joyriders.
Gates are to be installed at Glen Park in Surfleet to stop night-time joyriders.
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COUNCILLORS say gates must be installed at the entrance to a Surfleet park within six months to stop night-time joyriders travelling in from miles around.

Surfleet Play and Recreation Committee (SPARC) won a part-retrospective consent for a series of changes already made and some in the pipeline at Glen Park in Station Road.

These include revisions to the car park layout and car park lighting, an outdoor gym, an earth bund and gates.

Doug Whyles, from SPARC, told councillors it would cost £10,000 to install gates because there are four entrances.

Mr Whyles said: “I think most of the problems which have been identified will be certainly mitigated to a large extent by the erection of the main gates to stop the late night joyriders who come from Boston, Holbeach and Crowland.”

He said the parish council had given them £500 but SPARC couldn’t do anything yet because it still had to raise the money.

The planning consent has given SPARC six months to put up the gates – it must submit details of the gates within two months, it will take two months for the design to be approved and the gates must go up by the end of the next two month period.

SPARC must also plant thorny shrubs on its earth bund to deter people from standing on the bund to look at neighbouring properties.

It must also switch off its car park lights by 9.45pm to stop light disturbance for neighbours.

l Coun Francis Biggadike, who chaired the planning meeting, said joyriders had been a big problem at the three main car parks in Holbeach.

He said: “There’s some come from Spalding to Holbeach. They will pull up at 2am and just play loud music.”