Marine Drive in Scarborough is closed as 'car cruise' is set to go ahead on Sunday evening

Marine Drive and Royal Albert Drive in Scarborough have been closed, ahead of a car cruise event this evening.

By Steve Bambridge
Sunday, 1st March 2020, 5:34 pm
Updated Sunday, 1st March 2020, 5:37 pm
A car cruise on Scarborough seafront
A car cruise on Scarborough seafront

A Scarborough Council spokesperson said: "In the interests of public safety, Scarborough Borough Council and North Yorkshire Police have taken a joint decision to close Royal Albert Drive, Marine Drive and Albert Road in Scarborough’s North Bay to traffic for the rest of today, ahead of an unapproved ‘car cruise’, which has been arranged for 6pm this evening without consultation with the authorities.

"The authorities found out about the car cruise, which is being organised by the Static Royals, 10 days ago, and have been working together to try to stop the event from going ahead, which would be a breach of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) adopted in 2018 following a history of problems associated with previous car cruises.

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"The local community often felt threatened by the racing type behaviour of those participating in the events and there was widespread concern amongst local authorities and the police for the safety of pedestrians and other road users.

"On one occasion, the car cruise activity also resulted in thousands of pounds worth of damage to the road surface."

The spokesperson said that Scarborough Borough Council hadn’t had formal notification that the Static Royals want to hold the car cruise this evening, which is another breach of the Public Space Protection Order.

In a joint statement, Scarborough Borough Council and North Yorkshire Police said: “Public safety is our number one priority in making the decision to put in place emergency road closures today.

"We apologise for the inconvenience the action may cause local businesses, residents and anyone visiting Scarborough today not involved in the car cruise.

"It is a step we have tried to avoid, but due to the clear breaches of the PSPO put in place to protect the public, we cannot risk the event going ahead and seeing a repeat of the problems in previous years that caused so much concern and risk of harm.”

Council officers are hand delivering letters to businesses in the North and South Bay areas of Scarborough to explain the reasons for the road closure.

Anyone interested in applying to host an event in the Borough of Scarborough can get information on how to develop a safe event plan at scarborough.gov.uk/home/sport-and-leisure/events

The full terms of the PSPO are available online at scarborough.gov.uk/pspo