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Road blocks enforced to put a stop to 'disruptive' car meets

Councillors were forced to take action following countless complaints about the noise and disruptive behaviour of the car meets at Vivacity Premier Fitness car park in Hampton, Peterborough.
Car meets block
Road blocks have been put in place to stop car meets at Vivacity Car Park (photo: Cllr John Howard)

Vivacity Premier Fitness has become a prime location for car meets, with disruptive behaviour reported every other week. While most residents haven't complained about people attending, concerns are more regarding the noise going into the early hours of the morning. 

With housing estates and care homes near by, the noise has unnerved some, with calls to both the police and local councillors to attempt to tone it down. 

This week, Cllr John Howard has informed locals in Hampton of the temporary steps to try and stop the car meets, with road blocks surrounding the entrance to Vivacity Car Park. 

He said: "Good morning, with thanks to everyone involved, temporary barriers have been installed at Vivacity and we sincerely hope local residents can have a peaceful weekend.

"This is temporary as the facility opens next week, but please be assured we are working on solutions, and that’s not just empty words, we mean it. Please understand that we can’t discuss and debate everything that is going on behind the scenes but everyday we are working on this situation. Please report any antisocial behaviour to 101, this helps validate the importance of all the hard work that’s going into solutions for the area."

He previously said: "This issue has caused much frustration, however it is complex to solve. Council officers have been working hard to get the cooperation of the car park landowners to help implement restrictions, this will also help our policing colleagues as gatherings in large groups are a challenge to the police. 

"These groups are not illegal on their own and not all in attendance will be breaking the law. The dispersal powers allow the police to compel individuals acting in an anti-social manner to leave and not to return, however it is not intended as a prohibition on these groups meeting in all circumstances.

"I will continue to work hard with my councillor colleagues, our enforcement team at Peterborough City Council and the police, as we continue to work on further preventative measures."

Cambridgeshire Constabulary has purchased two state-of-the-art sound monitoring equipment kits which will alert officers at the roadside if an exhaust is too loud.

Officers will be holding the first day of action with the new equipment on Saturday targeting hotspot areas based on information reported to the force.

The legal limit for cars is 80 decibels and it is illegal to modify an exhaust to be louder than this.

Motorists could be given a £50 Fixed Penalty Notice for either failure to maintain the system or use of a vehicle with an altered system or excessive noise.

PC Kurt Allen said: "Noise pollution is a concern for many people living in our villages, towns and cities.

"Using funds from the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) we have purchased new state-of-the-art sound monitoring equipment that will tell us in seconds, at the roadside, if an exhaust is too loud.

"We’ll be targeting hotspot areas as well as car cruises across the county. Fines will be issued to help reduce anti-social motorists and make our communities quieter, safer places to live."

If there is an area you would like us to target or to report anti-social motorists in your area, you can report it here.