Online meeting called over car racing and anti-social gatherings at retail park

Online meeting called over car racing and anti-social gatherings at retail park

By Michael Upton | 06/07/2020

Online meeting called over car racing and anti-social gatherings at retail park

 

MP John Healey has called an online meeting tonight over concerns about cars racing on a dual carriageway and their drivers causing anti-social behaviour at a retail park.

Residents living near the Dearne Valley Parkway and Cortonwood Retail Park have complained about drivers gathering for several years and the issue has reared its head again this summer, with Mr Healey saying he had been contacted by several people.

He is holding a virtual public meeting from 5pm on Thursday using Zoom.

"Residents have suffered for years and are fed up," said Mr Healey (pictured).

"I am determined to do all I can to try to get this sorted.

"As you may know, I did a lot of work a couple of years ago to stop drivers meeting at the retail park. 

"I made sure new gates were fitted on the car parks and existing gates were closed consistently every night after shops closed. 

I understand the current problem is cars gathering in the car park at the back of B&Q and I have got on to the retail park managers this week to press them to resolve this. 

"They are looking at why the gate isn't being closed and whether additional measures are possible.

"The problem of drivers with wide-bore exhausts racing on the Parkway is more difficult to solve, but this week I have also been in touch with police and Barnsley Council to see what can be done."

The meeting will also be attended by police and Cllr David Roche from Rotherham Council.

Mr Healey added: "I hope this will be of some help in trying to get this problem resolved. I intend to follow this up with a meeting with Rotherham and Barnsley council officers, local councillors, police and retail park managers."

To register to attend the meeting, email Mr Healey at john.healey.mp@parliament.uk - with your name, address and email address. 


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