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No Consultation On 'Car Cruise' In Scarborough Say Council

No Consultation On 'Car Cruise' In Scarborough Say Council

Published by Karen Liu at 7:03am 2nd March 2020. (Updated at 8:17am 2nd March 2020)

A number of roads in Scarborough were closed last night due to an 'unapproved car cruise'.

Scarborough Borough Council say it was a joint decision with North Yorkshire Police to shut Royal Albert Drive, Marine Drive and Albert Road in the North Bay to traffic in the interests of public safety. 

The meeting of cars, by the Static Royals, was scheduled for 6pm yesterday (Sunday 1st March).

The authorities say it was arranged by the organisers without consulting them, and they found out about the event ten days ago.

They say: 

The authorities found out about the car cruise, which is being organised by the Static Royals, ten days ago, and have been working together to try to stop the event from going ahead, which would be a breach of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) adopted in 2018 following a history of problems associated with previous car cruises.

The local community often felt threatened by the racing type behaviour of those participating in the events and there was widespread concern amongst local authorities and the police for the safety of pedestrians and other road users.

On one occasion, the car cruise activity also resulted in thousands of pounds worth of damage to the road surface.

Scarborough Borough Council hasn’t had formal notification that the Static Royals want to hold the car cruise, which is another breach of the Public Space Protection Order."

In a joint statement issued last night, Scarborough Borough Council and North Yorkshire Police said:

“Public safety is our number one priority in making the decision to put in place emergency road closures today.

We apologise for the inconvenience the action may cause local businesses, residents and anyone visiting Scarborough today not involved in the car cruise.

It is a step we have tried to avoid, but due to the clear breaches of the PSPO put in place to protect the public, we cannot risk the event going ahead and seeing a repeat of the problems in previous years that caused so much concern and risk of harm.”

Reports say North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue also attended and blocked off the roads with fire engines. 

Council officers had delivered letters to businesses in the North and South Bay areas of Scarborough to explain the reasons for the road closure.

Anyone interested in applying to host an event in the Borough of Scarborough can get information on how to develop a safe event plan at scarborough.gov.uk/home/sport-and-leisure/events

The full terms of the PSPO are available online at scarborough.gov.uk/pspo

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zara, on 2nd March 2020 4:04pm
so we really are getting to be a police state in scarborough! What the councillor probably means is that no palms were filled with silver. As for the police around here they really have become the councils lap dog. As for the PSPO there is still some question about their legality anyway.

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