‘We aren’t troublemakers’

CAR ENTHUSIASTS: Some of the drivers who gather at Station Road car park in Sudbury. They say the vast majority of them cause no problems.
CAR ENTHUSIASTS: Some of the drivers who gather at Station Road car park in Sudbury. They say the vast majority of them cause no problems.

A group of young drivers criticised by Sudbury residents say the problems are caused by a small minority of irresponsible people.

Earlier this month, Sudbury Town Council heard from residents living close to the Kingfisher Leisure Centre how large groups of youngsters meet at the Station Road car park and keep them awake with loud music and exhausts.

The residents also said some drivers speed around the town’s one-way system – keeping them awake until 3am several nights a week.

They reiterated their concerns at a police meeting at The Stevenson Centre in Great Cornard on Thursday, with a dozen of the drivers also present.

Curtis Parker, from Gregory Street, said: “The people you’re describing are a minority – the majority of us are down there to socialise and have a laugh.”

He said they had been moved on from McDonald’s and KFC car parks on the edge of town and had little else to do.

“We apologise for any inconvenience we’ve caused but it is a minority causing the grief,” he said.

Residents from Corporal Lillie Close and Edgworth Road suggested the use of speed guns and said they had spoken to the group and found them to be “good people”.

Mr Parker said: “We would be happy to move off somewhere, decided by residents and the police, out of the way.”

A second driver said: “When we hear people calling us yobs and boy racers, it is annoying. We see ourselves as car enthusiasts.”

Jill Garrett, from Hyde Road, said the noise had improved lately but she was worried that as soon as police shifted focus, it would start up again.

Jan Osborne, Sudbury town councillor, said: “Listening to these young people, it seems as though there are solutions to be had.

“It would be good if they could talk to the police and town council in the next couple of months.”