Estate’s roads are not your racetrack

Basildon Recorder: Sort it – John Dornan says the problems on the estate have Sort it – John Dornan says the problems on the estate have

YOBS have been accused of turning a Laindon industrial estate into their own private racetrack.

Businesses have called for urgent action to tackle reckless drivers who are congregating at Southfields Industrial Estate late at night and weekends, causing a nuisance by tearing down its network of roads at breakneck speeds John Dornan, Conservative councillor for Laindon Park, said Essex County Council’s local highways panel is not acting fast enough to find a longterm solution.

He claims the problem has been ongoing for more than two years.

Mr Dornan, who is also Basildon Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “We need to get something done as soon as possible. This has been going on far too long.

“I’ve had so many complaints from residents who are kept up by the noise, and the damage they are doing to the area is just unacceptable.”

The site, known to cruisers as the “Laindon strip”, was locked down by police in an operation last year to try and drive away racers.

As many as 200 drivers were gathering at weekends, prompting officers to boost patrols and set up checkpoints at the three entry points to the estate.

However, the problem remains.

Peter Banks, chairman of the Hornsby Square Consortium of business owners, said traders had already taken it into their own hands to get speed bumps installed in Hornsby Square, but said more are needed in Hornsby Way and Bramston Way.

Mr Banks said: “I must get about four or five phone calls a week about this from business owners who have been threatened by some of the racers.

“It is really frustrating that nothing is being done.

“We are going to have a death one day, or a very serious accident, if we don’t do something to control this. Not to mention they are tearing up all the nice green spaces we have round here.

“I used to go down everyweekend and monitor the drag racing, but I just got tired of wasting my time.”

The Basildon Local Highways Panel is considering a £40,000 scheme to install speed tables – longer speed bumps – in Hornsby Way, but it has yet to come to fruition.

County councillor Keith Bobbin, chairman of the highways panel, said the group has a limited budget and priority must be given to projects to improve safety.

Mr Bobbin said: “Unfortunately it is difficult because everyone wants to put in a zebra crossing here or something somewhere else and we only have so much money to go around. We have to prioritise according to how they will affect public safety.”

An Essex County Council spokesman said they expected speed bumps to be put along Hornsby Way in the autumn.

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11:01am Tue 4 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

Send some coppers down there. Simple enough.

They can get their coffee and doughnuts from Toomeys....
Send some coppers down there. Simple enough. They can get their coffee and doughnuts from Toomeys.... Howard Cháse

12:14pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

"County councillor Keith Bobbin, chairman of the highways panel, said the group has a limited budget and priority must be given to projects to improve safety."

Then Bobbin and his colleagues should look at diverting money from other areas of the budget and start scrapping ridiculous minority schemes like the Traveller and Ethnic Minority Achievement scheme - what has it "achieved" exactly?

It's yet another gargantuan waste of taxpayers' money, as all it seems to consist of is a handful of hand wringing race-obsessed do gooders and an apparently useless website that tells you nothing and just spouts columns and columns of meaningless percentages.

This - and other misguided bleeding hearts schemes could be scrapped and our money ploughed into the things WE want sorted out like the roads, policing, childrens and old people's clubs - and tackling yobs and scumbags - and other much more worthy causes that support the whole community instead of a favoured few, especially lawbreakers.
"County councillor Keith Bobbin, chairman of the highways panel, said the group has a limited budget and priority must be given to projects to improve safety." Then Bobbin and his colleagues should look at diverting money from other areas of the budget and start scrapping ridiculous minority schemes like the Traveller and Ethnic Minority Achievement scheme - what has it "achieved" exactly? It's yet another gargantuan waste of taxpayers' money, as all it seems to consist of is a handful of hand wringing race-obsessed do gooders and an apparently useless website that tells you nothing and just spouts columns and columns of meaningless percentages. This - and other misguided bleeding hearts schemes could be scrapped and our money ploughed into the things WE want sorted out like the roads, policing, childrens and old people's clubs - and tackling yobs and scumbags - and other much more worthy causes that support the whole community instead of a favoured few, especially lawbreakers. Kim Gandy

12:29pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Howard Cháse says...

It's a wonder they can find a stretch of road not pitted with suspension and wheel damaging potholes to race on....
It's a wonder they can find a stretch of road not pitted with suspension and wheel damaging potholes to race on.... Howard Cháse

12:44pm Tue 4 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Get some cardboard cut out policeman placed at strategic points, cheap and effective that will see the hoodlums off.
Get some cardboard cut out policeman placed at strategic points, cheap and effective that will see the hoodlums off. DogsMessInLeigh

1:09pm Tue 4 Feb 14

local-resident says...

“I’ve had so many complaints from residents who are kept up by the noise, and the damage they are doing to the area is just unacceptable.”

I actually live very close to the industrial estate and I can vouch that the cars area barely discernible when outside my house, and impossible to hear from inside my house. And as for the damage, again as a local resident whom walks his dog around the estate, I have never seen damage from cars, the damage I have seen is from lorries parked on grass verges or damage caused to the kerb stones.

“I must get about four or five phone calls a week about this from business owners who have been threatened by some of the racers."

The activities that take place are late in the night, so most, if not all, of the businesses are closed at that point. And are we really saying to receive 4-5 calls a week constitutes a significant issue, as a road user (car, motorcycle and cycle) I would much rather see the countless gargantuan holes appearing be fixed as a priority as there is more danger from avoiding damage to your car by swerving around these or from hitting them on a motorcycle, than from cars in a closed industrial estate after hours. I expect more calls are made each day about pot holes, if road users have not given up reporting them for lack of remedial action.

Why can we not have some proactive activity in place, the people who drive around the area are most likely the same ones moved from Lakeside shopping are, and from Christopher Martin area. If you continue to move them those taking part will just move to another area, whilst I am not condoning dangerous behaviour, I feel a more sensible approach will result in safer and more controlled activities, rather than continually moving it around.

Personally I would also much rather see police concentrate on the individuals stealing cars and motorcycles, driving them around Victoria Park, an area regularly used by children, dog walkers and other members of the public, only to set fire to it when they are bored. Surely this is more dangerous to member of the public, the grass and the environment, not to mention the expense to tax payers for the police and fire attendance.
“I’ve had so many complaints from residents who are kept up by the noise, and the damage they are doing to the area is just unacceptable.” I actually live very close to the industrial estate and I can vouch that the cars area barely discernible when outside my house, and impossible to hear from inside my house. And as for the damage, again as a local resident whom walks his dog around the estate, I have never seen damage from cars, the damage I have seen is from lorries parked on grass verges or damage caused to the kerb stones. “I must get about four or five phone calls a week about this from business owners who have been threatened by some of the racers." The activities that take place are late in the night, so most, if not all, of the businesses are closed at that point. And are we really saying to receive 4-5 calls a week constitutes a significant issue, as a road user (car, motorcycle and cycle) I would much rather see the countless gargantuan holes appearing be fixed as a priority as there is more danger from avoiding damage to your car by swerving around these or from hitting them on a motorcycle, than from cars in a closed industrial estate after hours. I expect more calls are made each day about pot holes, if road users have not given up reporting them for lack of remedial action. Why can we not have some proactive activity in place, the people who drive around the area are most likely the same ones moved from Lakeside shopping are, and from Christopher Martin area. If you continue to move them those taking part will just move to another area, whilst I am not condoning dangerous behaviour, I feel a more sensible approach will result in safer and more controlled activities, rather than continually moving it around. Personally I would also much rather see police concentrate on the individuals stealing cars and motorcycles, driving them around Victoria Park, an area regularly used by children, dog walkers and other members of the public, only to set fire to it when they are bored. Surely this is more dangerous to member of the public, the grass and the environment, not to mention the expense to tax payers for the police and fire attendance. local-resident

1:17pm Tue 4 Feb 14

pembury53 says...

not a great problem, in the greater scheme of thing's, and as 'local resident points out, seems some complaints have been 'enhanced' a little........ there's plenty of real crime to keep the old bill occupied, just for a while....
not a great problem, in the greater scheme of thing's, and as 'local resident points out, seems some complaints have been 'enhanced' a little........ there's plenty of real crime to keep the old bill occupied, just for a while.... pembury53

4:00pm Tue 4 Feb 14

the25man says...

You will not stop boy racers so why not give them somewhere for there fun. Race tracks cost money so little used roads are find. You could even get the Police to close off roads so only race boys could play
You will not stop boy racers so why not give them somewhere for there fun. Race tracks cost money so little used roads are find. You could even get the Police to close off roads so only race boys could play the25man

4:31pm Tue 4 Feb 14

ThisYear says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
"County councillor Keith Bobbin, chairman of the highways panel, said the group has a limited budget and priority must be given to projects to improve safety."

Then Bobbin and his colleagues should look at diverting money from other areas of the budget and start scrapping ridiculous minority schemes like the Traveller and Ethnic Minority Achievement scheme - what has it "achieved" exactly?

It's yet another gargantuan waste of taxpayers' money, as all it seems to consist of is a handful of hand wringing race-obsessed do gooders and an apparently useless website that tells you nothing and just spouts columns and columns of meaningless percentages.

This - and other misguided bleeding hearts schemes could be scrapped and our money ploughed into the things WE want sorted out like the roads, policing, childrens and old people's clubs - and tackling yobs and scumbags - and other much more worthy causes that support the whole community instead of a favoured few, especially lawbreakers.
Oh dear...the old " HELP HELP! the ethnic minorities are to blame for everything" rant from the usual quarters...."My cat is off her food..an Ethnic minority walked past the house last week I wonder if that has got anything to do with it?"

Pathetic.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: "County councillor Keith Bobbin, chairman of the highways panel, said the group has a limited budget and priority must be given to projects to improve safety." Then Bobbin and his colleagues should look at diverting money from other areas of the budget and start scrapping ridiculous minority schemes like the Traveller and Ethnic Minority Achievement scheme - what has it "achieved" exactly? It's yet another gargantuan waste of taxpayers' money, as all it seems to consist of is a handful of hand wringing race-obsessed do gooders and an apparently useless website that tells you nothing and just spouts columns and columns of meaningless percentages. This - and other misguided bleeding hearts schemes could be scrapped and our money ploughed into the things WE want sorted out like the roads, policing, childrens and old people's clubs - and tackling yobs and scumbags - and other much more worthy causes that support the whole community instead of a favoured few, especially lawbreakers.[/p][/quote]Oh dear...the old " HELP HELP! the ethnic minorities are to blame for everything" rant from the usual quarters...."My cat is off her food..an Ethnic minority walked past the house last week I wonder if that has got anything to do with it?" Pathetic. ThisYear

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