Station Road car park in Devizes to remain closed in the evenings for another three months
Wiltshire Council has today (10 November) obtained a Closure Order extension for Station Road car park in Devizes, extending the evening closure for another three months to help prevent anti-social behaviour in the area.
The order, which will come into effect from today, will mean the car park is closed between 6pm and 6am every day for a further period of three months.
Cllr Ian Blair-Pilling, Cabinet Member for Public Protection, said: "The council has been working in partnership with Wiltshire Police since the introduction of the first Closure Order in August to monitor both car park usage and anti-social behaviour in the area.
"The Closure Order has had a really positive impact and reduced the anti-social behaviour that residents have experienced. There have been minimal reports to the police of breaches and anyone found to be in the area breaching the closure order has moved on when asked by the police.
"We'll keep this closure under review, but in the meantime, £33,000 of Safer Streets funding from the Home Office has been allocated for CCTV of this car park. It is planned that the CCTV will be in place in the New Year which will act as a deterrent and provide evidence of any issues."
During the closure period people can still park in any of the other council-owned car parks in the town and season ticket holders, buses, lorries, coaches & camper vans/mobile homes will still be able to use the car park, but all other vehicles will be prohibited from using the car park after 6pm and before 6am.
The evening closure will be enforceable by the police, who will be regularly patrolling the area to ensure that people are abiding by the Closure Order.
Acting Inspector Luke Atkinson of Wiltshire Police said, "Our officers will be enforcing this closure and working in partnership with Wiltshire Council in support of this measure, which has been put in place in response to reported anti-social behaviour in the Station Road car park area.
"We would urge residents to report antisocial behaviour to us by calling 101 or online. In an emergency always call 999."
There is an ongoing police investigation following the incident in July 22 when a local resident was seriously injured after being hit by a car in the car park.
To see a list of car parks in Devizes and their opening hours, people should go to: www.wiltshire.gov.uk/parking-devizes