Cruiser team meets again to tackle further Lakeside cruiser problems

A LEADING THURROCK councillor has being part of on-going talks on what more can be done to solve the problem of care cruisers at Lakeside.

This has come after a young lady was injured after being hit by a ‘boy racer’ in the earlier hours of Saturday (30 Nov).

The multi-agency cruiser team met on Thursday 5 December 2013 to discuss permanent ways of dealing with the issue.

Cllr Tunde Ojetola (South Chafford Ward) and Cllr Simon Wootton (North Chafford Ward) represented Chafford residents at the important meeting.

Cllr Ojetola said: “We noted that the dumb bell roundabout is now permanently closed, with permanent barriers installed to prevent the road being used as a laps. However we all agreed that much more visible and prompt action is required to prevent more people being injured.”

The police are working with Ward Councillors, Thurrock Council, Lakeside, Ikea, Cosco, Tesco, Arena Essex and AEJ (who were all at the meeting) to find a permanent solution to the problem.

Thurrock police commander, chief inspector Ben Hodder added: “The meeting was really positive with lots of partners coming up with ideas and working together to try and reduce the associated issues.

“The next meeting of the group will be in the New Year and in the meantime each partner is working on agreed actions from the meeting. We will also be increasing the Police presence in the area at the key times with support from the Causality Reduction section.”

Among the action being considered is a redesign of the roads, to make it impossible to build up speed, a proposal for speed guns which can automatically register the speed of vehicles and issue a ticket if they are over the limit.

The Police have asked any resident who hears of any racing to contact them via the 101 number or email them via cruisers@essex.pnn.police.uk as soon as possible.

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