Clamping down on the nuisance car cruisers

A126 Dumbbell Jct
New barriers at the A126 Dumb-bell junction

Residents from Chafford Hundred and South Ockendon affected

New barriers have been installed at the Dumb-bell roundabout, near Lakeside, last week after further reports of nuisance driving.
The noise of illegal car cruising has been blighting the lives of Thurrock residents for over a decade, according to Basildon and Thurrock Conservatives.

Blighting

Barriers were installed at the roundabout some years ago, but the activity continued. In 2015, the Police implemented a Public Space Protection order which allowed them to issue substantial fines.
However, in the past year, the location has been the focus of ‘drifting’ activity. Residents from Chafford Hundred and South Ockendon have complained about the noise and road users have reported encountering drivers going the wrong way around the roundabout.
Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price said: “I was very pleased to hear from Highways England last week that new barriers have been installed at the Lakeside junction with the A13, to tackle the ongoing nuisance of car cruising and drifting.
“The cruising activity at Lakeside is an accident waiting to happen as well as a public nuisance. In September I asked Highways England, Essex Police and Thurrock Council to work together to find a permanent solution to the problem. I am very pleased that following that request, Highways England agreed to install further barriers at the junction.
“Naturally the news has been met with anger from the cruising community. I say to those who engage in drifting at Lakeside, you are not pursuing a harmless hobby. You are causing danger to other road users and misery to local residents who have to live with the noise throughout the night. Your behaviour is selfish and will not be tolerated.
“I am also very grateful to Essex police for their operations this weekend to prevent any further activity. Essex police have worked hard to address this problem, but frankly I would rather be doing something else to keep us safe rather than have to chase around after people who should have more respect for the law and public safety.”

Deterrent

Thurrock council leader, councillor Rob Gledhill, was equally pleased with the new deterrent.
He said: “The problem has blighted the area for a number of years. I hope these barriers will act as a further deterrent to those who wish to flout the law and cause nuisance to local residents.”
Thurrock mayor and South Chafford councillor, Tunde Ojetola, said: “I am really pleased that our MP Jackie Doyle-Price has intervened to help stop the menace of racers. The revving of engines and screeching of tyres has caused many sleepless nights in Chafford. I am sure the new obstacles will deter the racers and allow Chafford residents a good night’s sleep.”

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