The car park on South Second Street was the gathering point for car racers in Central Milton Keynes (CMK). Three weeks ago, the racing led to the injury of a young boy who was a bystander.

Labour Councillors for CMK Moriah Priestley, Paul Williams and Pauline Wallis acted quickly, resulting in a new gate that will stop the racing. The gate was supplied by Labour-led Milton Keynes Council and the management of it is shared between Thames Valley Police and Milton Keynes Development Partnership.

Milton Keynes Council, Thames Valley Police, Milton Keynes Develop Partnership and other partners will be starting meetings involving residents aiming to explore longer term solutions for addressing speed and safety on grid roads around the city centre.

Cllr Moriah Priestley said: “The racing that was happening in Central Milton Keynes was not appropriate and not safe. We are pleased to bring the Council together with the police and the Development Partnership and to install the gates. This should start to stop the problem.”

Cllrs Paul Williams, Moriah Priestley and Pauline Wallis with the new gate.
Cllrs Paul Williams, Moriah Priestley and Pauline Wallis with the new gate.

Cllr Paul Williams added: “It has meant that the noise and anti-social behaviour has been greatly reduced, though we need to do more to end the problem of racers in the streets of CMK.”

Cllr Pauline Wallis concluded: “The gates are a great start. But we have to do more. We believe improved policing is needed but the gates are a good first step.”

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