It’s not just the numbers but the crazy behaviour of a minority of bikers which is the problem
The summer months each year brings hundreds of bikers twice a week to the area around the pub at Bassetts Pole.
It’s been a regular meeting place for many years but costs tens of thousands to police and more often than not causes concern and worry for local people who live in the areas bikers travel through on the way to the meet.
As I say, it’s a minority or motorcyclists that do the really daft stuff although I do have first hand experience of just how daft and potentially dangerous it can be. Last year I was driving along the A5 in the direction of the A38 when I had what I estimate to be a dozen motorbikes overtake at high speed on both sides of me. And, of course, it’s a single carriageway road!
But each year I also get complaints from people living along the A513, A51, A5 and A38 about motorcycles travelling at phenomenal speeds presumably on the way to and from Bassetts Pole on the days they meet.
Apart from the dodgy behaviour it is the sheer numbers who meet there which causes problems too. The site is absolutely packed meaning it can be disruptive to people wanting to have a quiet night at the pub and with the bikers often come the ‘boy racers’ who tag along and cause their own issues… often well past midnight.
So it’s a problem but there is a fine balance between being a killjoy, making sure that people aren’t intimidated, safety issues and accounting for the large cost of policing it year after year.
I met with police, at their request, to discuss a way forward and look at options. I also went with them to see for myself the scale of the issue although it’s early in the season and the weather wasn’t conducent to motorcycling on the night.
But I am supportive of looking for a solution which deals with the issues and potentially reduces the need for such a learge, and fixed, police presence. I’ll write more in the next couple of weeks.
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