Council and police take action over anti-social behaviour

Young drivers who are congregating at night in the Bowls Hall car park of Bridgend Life Centre are to be targeted as part of an anti-social behaviour campaign.

Bridgend County Borough Council and South Wales Police will take action following complaints from local residents of excessive noise, road safety concerns and nuisance behaviour.

The council has already invested in new, improved lighting within the car park, and will install improved CCTV coverage and additional bollards as well as new anti-reverse barriers on the exit.

South Wales Police will carry out additional patrols at the car park and where necessary will issue Section 59 notices to anyone driving a vehicle in a manner which causes nuisance or inconvenience to other road users or members of the public. Anyone who commits further breaches after receiving a Section 59 notice risks having their vehicle removed.

Cllr Richard Young, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “These new measures have been agreed following a very successful meeting with partners and local members, Councillor David White and Councillor Carolyn Webster.

“We are investing in the car park instead of simply closing it at night because it is being legitimately used by members of Bridgend Bowls Club and other organisations, groups and individuals who are using Newbridge Fields for sport and leisure.

“South Wales Police will also be patrolling the area and will take action against anyone who is acting in an anti-social manner. They have been extremely helpful in identifying ways of resolving this problem for local residents, and I am grateful to them for their support on this matter. Together, we will be monitoring the situation closely, and will not hesitate to take further action if necessary.”

  • You can report anti-social behaviour by calling 101 or emailing [email protected] or calling 999 in an emergency.