Barriers to be installed at entrance of Towcester Long Stay Car Park

To prevent anti-social behaviour barriers are to be installed at the entrance of the car park owned by South Northamptonshire Council (SNC).

Published: Tuesday, 18th December 2018

South Northamptonshire Council have boosted the number of free parking spaces in the town centre in the last few years with the addition of the Tove Long Stay and Short Stay car parks, both off Northampton Road in Towcester.

Cllr Phil Bignell, Deputy Leader of South Northamptonshire Council, said: “The whole of South Northants has low crime and nowhere near the anti-social behaviour that other parts of the county suffer.

“But unfortunately some motorists have abused the free and easy access to the car park, which is intended for town centre visitors and shoppers, and are a nuisance to nearby residents.

“The Long Stay Car Park has always intended to be closed overnight and the these barriers will stop boy-racers entering the car park in the evenings, but will not hinder genuine car park users leaving whenever they feel like it.”

Once installed a barrier will close-off the entrance to the car park between 6:00pm and 6:00am, seven days a week, and dragon’s teeth at the exit will allow one-way travel only out of the car park.

The short stay car park is free to use but usage is restricted weekdays between 8:00am and 6:00pm to three hours, with no return within three hours, which is enforced by Northamptonshire County Council. There are no restrictions on the Long Stay Car Park.