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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 June, 2003, 13:10 GMT 14:10 UK
Action to stop 'boy racers'
Road safety campaigners for Madeira Drive, Brighton
Campaigners say the council must stop the road's use by 'boy racers'
Measures to improve safety on a road used for illegal car racing could soon be in place.

Members of Brighton and Hove City Council met on Thursday to decide how to prevent speeding and cruising on Madeira Drive.

Campaigners have fought for years to stop "boy racers" causing serious and even fatal accidents on the Brighton street.

Temporary barriers put up by the council are already proving effective in stopping planned races.

Long-term solutions

But campaigners say the illegal meetings are still taking place - and have appealed to the council to take more permanent action.

June Mitchell, Labour councillor for Brighton and Hove, said the meeting had had positive results.

"We've decided to as soon as possible implement gates at each end of Madeira Drive, which we have already budgeted for," she said.

"We are also submitting a bid for about 90,000 to install speed humps the entire length of Madeira Drive and the additional lighting to go with them.

Fatalities and injuries

"We hope this will finally deter the awful nuisance which we've seen with the boy racers which have resulted in some fatalities and some serious injuries to members of the public."

The first stage of improvements will see temporary barriers replaced by gates.

These will be fixed to the ground and used to shut the road when cars start gathering - and could be in place within two months.

Ms Mitchell said the process had taken time because the road was important to Brighton.

She said: "We want to maintain the access to this stretch for the special events that take place there, for people's enjoyment and for people who arrive in the town and want to park, as well as residents' use and traders."

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