An outline of the Section 59 notice
Motorists meeting in the Quadrant car park have been warned they could have their cars seized by Central Beds Council, following complaints from nearby residents.
The council have been working with Beds Police using CCTV to identify 17 ‘nuisance’ drivers, who have been sent letters to warn them about their behaviour.
Concerns were raised by neighbours in Priory House flats over noise and vehicles “being driven around recklessly” during meetings of car enthusiasts – which they say happen about twice a week.
The meetings are said to often last until the early hours of the morning, keeping residents and their children awake.
A further two individuals are currently being investigated for littering offences.
Councillor Brian Spurr, said: “We are not against people enjoying their cars but it has to be done in a responsible way and in suitable location.
“Clearly meeting in a residential area where families are being disturbed is not suitable or reasonable.
“We want to warn those people involved that together with the Police we will take action to prevent residents’ lives being disrupted in this way.”
The council say that officers will issue Section 59 notices to drivers who fail to heed the warnin, and further action could include taking out injunctions against individuals
Sgt Clare Thomas said: “Section 59 is available to officers if a vehicle is deemed to be causing alarm, distress or annoyance and under this legislation officers have the ability to order the person driving it to stop the vehicle; seize and remove the motor vehicle.”
The Gazette made a number of efforts to contact the drivers in question, but none had come forward at the time of going to press. If you would like to have your say, tweet @Dunstable_Rick
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