Residents driven up the wall by noisy boy racers

RESIDENTS in Stonehaven are being driven up the wall by noisy boy racers who keep them awake until the early hours of the morning.

At the Stonehaven and District Community Council meeting on Tuesday night, member Allan Sutherland said the youngsters were causing problems with noise and litter in the town’s leisure centre carpark and along the golf course road, making it impossible for residents in the Cowie area to get a good night’s sleep.

Speaking at the meeting, WilloW Row resident Sharon Marshall said: “They park in the lay-by on the golf course road and I live right under that - they race up and down there, then sit in the lay-by and rev their cars up.

“I’ve been there for four years and it has been getting worse. Nobody is complaining about the young guys meeting there, but it is just the sheer disregard for people.

“I’ve seen a guy sitting there revving his engine until it backfires. It just seems to go on and on and on, right up until 2am or 3am and this is every night, apart from the times when we make a phone call to the police. They have over-stepped the mark now. It is like a Formula One track.”

She added: “The police admit there is a problem there. They are pretty good and they do go along - sometimes it gets quieter, but then the next night it’s back to the same. I know it is not an easy thing to deal but we are really frustrated now. There are a lot of people along there who feel the same.

“I work every day and if I’m awake until the early hours every morning it is just not good for me. I have to go to bed with my ipod in most nights because it is the only way to block out the noise.

“How much of an affect does it have on my life? It is what you let it do, but everybody needs to sleep and people should be able to sit in their own home and get a decent night’s sleep without having to deal with this.”

Roads policing inspector Ian Kirkwood said: “We are aware of the problem and the local policing team are currently looking at longer term solutions rather than short term enforcement. They are working with partner agencies and other units within Grampian police.”

Inspector Kirkwood also urged members of the public to get in touch to report incidents of anti-social driving including registration numbers so that the police could take action.

“We can’t be on every street corner,” he said. “If two folk are able to corroborate an incident then we will be able to use legal processes to find out who that person is and if there is enough evidence, report them to the fiscal or go round to their home and have a wee word in their ear. This is something positive that people can do.”

Chairman of Stonehaven and District Community Council David Fleming said: “I hope as a result of the open discussion we had at the council meeting this evening that an effective course of action can be put in place to alleviate this significant nuisance.

“Clearly each generation of youngsters needs to be educated and shown that their behaviour sometimes seriously affects other people.”

Stonehaven and Lower Deeside councillor Graeme Clark said: “Every town in Aberdeenshire seems to have guys like this, who run a circuit - go into the leisure centre car park and into the square. It is a problem throughout Aberdeenshire.

“I can appreciate it really must be a nuisance to people, there is nothing worse. People are needing to sleep.”