Morrisons in Kettering promises to tackle noisy skateboarders

The bottom level of Morrisons car park in Kettering is regularly used by skateboarders ' causing a nuisance to shoppers and disturbing people living in adjacent Fleet Street
The bottom level of Morrisons car park in Kettering is regularly used by skateboarders ' causing a nuisance to shoppers and disturbing people living in adjacent Fleet Street
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A supermarket has pledged to work with a council to stop youngsters skateboarding in its car park disturbing people living nearby.

The bottom level of Morrisons car park in Kettering is regularly used by skateboarders – causing a nuisance to shoppers and disturbing people living in adjacent Fleet Street.

Morrisons is to meet Kettering Council representatives to address the problem.

Cllr Keli Watts, who represents the area on the council, said people could hear the noise throughout their homes, and some shoppers felt uneasy with them there.

She added: “It grinds the residents down and there’s no getting away from it.

“I don’t think they set out to be intimidating, but it is quite intimidating.

“It’s a place where people hang out.

“You can see why – it’s dry and has everything skateboarders want.”

Cllr Watts said Morrisons should take more responsibility for sorting out the problem.

County councillor Mick Scrimshaw added: “Because it’s on the bottom level the noise is about five times what it would be.

“They are not doing anything wrong necessarily but it needs to be addressed.”

A Morrisons spokesman said: “We look forward to working with Kettering Council and are currently working with Northants Police to prevent groups of youths from congregating in our car park, disturbing the peace and vandalising our property.”

A council spokesman said the authority had been in talks with Morrisons for some time about the issue.