Councillors have welcomed new powers to clamp down on car cruisers “ripping around corners” and making noise near Junction 27 of the M1 at Annesley.
Ashfield Council has extended its public spaces protection order in the district for a further three years, aimed at clamping down on anti-social behaviour.
The order has also been varied to give the council more powers to stop issues at the motorway junction, described as a ‘real problem’ for police.
Debating the PSPO in the latest council meeting, councillors described scenes of people being ‘genuinely frightened’ by the cars.
Large crowds of people have been reported watching cars ‘worth anything from £40,000’ and with expensive modifications, leading to traffic lights being set up around the loop of the busy junction.
The PSPO will now restrict car cruising in the area and give the council more powers to issue fines to those responsible.
Coun David Martin, who represents nearby Selston, says the problem has been a ‘difficult issue’ to tackle.
He said: “I want to highlight the work done at Junction 27.
“This includes Highways England, which has installed traffic lights at the junction. That helped stop the circular route and cars ripping around the corner.
“When they do that, you can hear them right around Selston, up Annesley Lane and in Underwood, because the tyres screech.
“At times I’d come through that junction and there would be upwards of 300, even 400 people sat on the banks watching, but the police have now put some cameras up there.
“These are not boy racers, these are people with cars worth anything from £40,000 with improvements on.
“It has been a real problem and a difficult issue for the police.”
Inspector Mark Dickson, Nottinghamshire Police’s district commander for Ashfield, said: “We realise people put a lot of work into their cars and are often very proud of them.
“However, too many end up driving in a dangerous, reckless or anti-social manner, which puts other road users and themselves at risk of serious injury or death.
“We regularly carry out proactive operations targeting this issue and when we catch people committing these offences there will be consequences for them.
“We will prosecute them and may even seize vehicles.”