Clampdown planned on boy racers near Mousehold Heath

Families living near a Norwich beauty spot could at last be spared from anti-social behaviour by boy racers.

At a meeting of the Mousehold heath conservators on Friday, measures to stop the car park in Britannia Road being used as a race track and to lessen the impact of rowdy youths will be considered.

The recommendation from officers is to accept plans costing several thousand pounds for the installation of speed humps and the closure of the car park entrance nearest to families in Britannia Road and Vincent Road to reduce their disturbance from loud radios, shouting and car horns.

Blocking one of the entrances with bollards would still allow access for wheelchairs and scooters and pedestrians with wheelchairs.

The issues of car park misuse and impact on the quality of life of local residents were first highlighted at the March meeting of the conservators.

Families living near the popular heath viewing spot also raised the problems with police at safer neighbourhood team meetings.

Their complaints focused on vehicles speeding from the car park, loud music being played at night and rowdy behaviour by drivers and passengers.

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The latest recommendations have come out of discussions involving the police, council officers and the community.

Local ward councillor David Bradford welcomed the plans and said he hoped the work could be carried out over the winter to stop problems cropping up again next spring.

He said: 'It is one of those problems which has cropped up intermittently, mainly on Friday nights and at weekends during the summer.

'I have certainly had complaints in the past concerning such issues as radios being played loudly.'

He said he thought the measures being proposed would be an effective way of curbing the problems for residents in Britannia Road and Vincent Road while not affecting people's access to see the wonderful view.

Pippa Thorn, who lives close to the car park in Britannia Road, welcomed plans to close one of the entrances.

She said: 'Having the extra exit gives the boys a circuit. My bedroom is at the front of the house and I have often been woken up by screeching tyres and the revving of engines. Loud radios have also been annoying on occasion.'

Nathan Hill, also of Britannia Road, was less concerned by the noise. He said: 'It's a lovely view and they have to go somewhere.'