Car club to meet despite police safety fears

PUBLISHED: 13:02 14 June 2012

Royston Modified has been told it can no longer meet in Royston Industrial Estate

Royston Modified has been told it can no longer meet in Royston Industrial Estate

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A CAR club will continue to meet in Royston Industrial Estate despite police safety fears.

Royston Modified regularly hold meets attended by hundreds of people but companies on the industrial estate complained about rubbish, damage and the lack of toilet facilities.

Following a meeting with the representatives from the group in which officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary expressed their safety fears, it was thought the enthusiasts would move to a new location.

The police released a statement which said: “The group were very receptive to what we had to say and have informed us they will no longer be congregating in the area.”

But club organisers have since said they will restrict rallies to once a month and will work with businesses in a bid to minimise disruption to their trade.

Club member Darren Bull said: “We are just trying to talk to all the companies who are not happy about it. It is not as if we are being defiant and are carrying on going down there after people have told us to stop.

“I have said to the police I will work with them and if someone goes down there and does doughnuts (a manouevre which involves locking up the wheels and spinning) we will take their details and pass it on to them.

“We just want people to park up and mingle and have a good time.”

A police spokesman said the club must stop meeting in the industrial estate and that a meeting between the two parties would take place in the coming days.

The spokesman said: “The meetings can’t continue for health and safety reasons. And it is a nuisance.”

An anonymous trader previously told the Crow he feared for his business’s reputation and the safety of his workers and their property.

The man who did not want to be named said: “We feel as a business that someone should be doing something about it we pay a lot of money to be down here in rates and to Royston First. I have spoken to other businesses who feel the same.

“It has got to the point where we don’t know what we are going to come in to.

“It’s only going to damage Royston Industrial Estate. It’s not going to be anything that will benefit it in any way.”

He also showed the Crow pictures taken at the meetings which showed cars wheel spinning with plumes of smoke pouring from the vehicles.

Residents living near the industrial estate around Orchard Road had also taken issue with the meetings with a man who wished to remain nameless also hitting out at the club, claiming the noise was disturbing their peace.

He said: “It is no fun trying to have a nice quiet evening in and listening to those cars motoring by.”

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