Chesterfield supermarket puts brakes on ‘boy racers’

Barriers and speed humps have dramatically reduced problem driving at Tesco Extra on Lockoford Lane
Barriers and speed humps have dramatically reduced problem driving at Tesco Extra on Lockoford Lane

New barriers and speed humps have put the brakes on ‘boy racers’ who had turned a Chesterfield supermarket car park into a ‘racetrack’.

Residents and shoppers had complained for years about speeding motorists meeting up to use the Tesco car park on Lockford Lane.

But the installation of barriers preventing access to the site when the store is closed and speed humps between each aisle of the car park has improved the situation.

The news has been welcomed by police and councillors in the area.

Sgt Lee Jones, of the Newbold and Dunston Safer Neighbourhood policing team, said: “Tesco have worked hard to solve the problem and I congratulate the store’s manager James Wood for his efforts in meeting us half way towards this. On our visits there throughout November we have had no cause for concern so it appears the problem has been solved.”

And Coun Peter Innes, member for Old Whittington, said: “The changes have had a really positive effect. As well as the problem driving the car park was always full of rubbish left by the people who used to hang around there and that has stopped as well.”

Why was the car park targeted?

According to its detractors, the car park’s long straights and open-all-hours operating times were almost perfectly designed to attract problem driving.

In September, people who attended Chesterfield Borough Council’s north community assembly cheered when local police announced that a solution to the long-standing problem had been negotiated with the store’s management.

And last week, at November’s north community assembly, those in attendance praised those responsible for putting an end to the problem.