Great Yarmouth people power puts brake on Jetty Boys

PEOPLE power is helping put a brake on the boy racers making a beeline for Great Yarmouth’s Golden Mile.

Generations of the so-called Jetty Boys have gathered along seafront in their customised cars.

While most are well behaved, a minority have made life a misery for those who living close to the bright lights of the seafront tourist attractions.

Now local people are organising to tackle the problems caused by the boy racers and improve their quality of life.

A residents association has recently been launched for the South Beach Parade area with the help of start up funding from the Comeunity organisation.

Work is currently taking place on parking improvements along the seafront to prevent headlights being shone into homes and drivers doing u-turns.

Residents association chairman Sheena McBain is hoping this will be one of several measures to reduce anti-social behaviour in the area.

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She said: “The residents association will give us a stronger voice which has already started to show itself. We have made people sit up, notice we are here and understand we are not going to put up with this nonsense.

“The jetty boys have always been here and always will be.

“I don’t have a problem with genuine car enthusiasts – it is the hooligans who are causing a nuisance late at night with anti-social behaviour.

“At times it has been a nightmare with the car headlights, loud music, screaming and shouting and drivers treating the road like a race track.

“But we are definitely getting on top of the problem and there has been a marked improvement recently. It has had a silver lining in bringing everyone together.

“I am like a dog with a bone on this, and if I am going to do something I put my whole heart into it.”

She added: “We are working closely with county council highway engineers and the police have been absolutely fantastic.”

Sheena, 47, helped set up a Home Watch scheme last year and is a member of the Car Enthusiasts Committee Group which deals with problems caused by the boy racers.

The community champion also presents two shows on Hospital Radio Yare and runs a social enterprise called Memory Joggers with business partner Bob Warnes for people with dementia.

Parking spaces along South Beach Parade are being altered so cars are no longer face towards houses and a central footway created to stop drivers performing “doughnut” manoeuvres.

It is hoped CCTV will also be introduced close to the Pleasure Beach and large plant tubs placed alongside the road in a bid to reduce speeding.

Police are also targeting the seafront with regular patrols and using devices recording the noise from cars.

The South Beach Parade Residents Association meets 6.30pm on the last Wednesday of the month at Peggotty Road Community Centre.

For more information call Sheena McBain on 07549177537 or email s.ashford851@btinternet.com