Swindon car park to shut after 500-strong car meet

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Bridgemead Retail Park car park, where the closure order applies.
Bridgemead Retail Park car park, where the closure order applies.

A CAR park will be shut down overnight after reports of groups of up to 400-500 car enthusiasts gathering and performing doughnuts.

Swindon Magistrates’ Court granted a closure order for the car park at Bridgemead retail park on Monday morning (July 4).

The car park is adjacent to Sainsbury’s car park, which was also made the subject of a partial closure order in May.

Applying to the court, PC Joanne Toomey said that the car park, which is home to shops including Pets at Home, Bensons for Beds, Harveys Furniture and Dreams, was the subject of a previous closure order last year.

Referencing the closure order at the Sainsbury’s car park, she said “it’s all very similar” and sometimes 400-500 people had congregated.

They would perform doughnuts and cause a nuisance to the community, she said.

PC Toomey said the site’s director is supportive of the order and that he is thinking of installing barriers to prevent access.

Granting the order, District Judge Joanna Dickens said: “It’s obviously necessary to prevent that. It’s accepted by the owners of the land.”

The order, which lasts for three months, will see only staff, emergency services and contractors enter the car park between 8pm and 6am.

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