ANGRY villagers have launched a campaign to tackle anti-social motorcycling on Hampshire roads.
Fed up with excessive speeding putting lives at risk and loud exhausts ruining summer evenings, residents from across the county met Hampshire’s Police and Crime Commission demanding action.
A total of 13 parish councils lobbied Simon Hayes, desperate to bring an end to the plague of anti-social biking that has tormented their villages.
The A32 and the A272 were identified as just two of the hot spots that are regularly used as race tracks by reckless riders.
It comes just weeks after police in Southampton launched one of its largest every crackdowns on gangs of youths who cause misery by racing motorcycles and mopeds through the streets of Bitterne.
Speaking to Mr Hayes, one villager, who asked not to be named, said: “There is just excessive speeding by some motorcyclists. Some use the A32 as a racetrack. We want to see more enforcement by the police. Rural communities feel they are being hung out to dry because there are not many people to complain.”
Meon Valley MP George Hollinbery was there to support villagers and spoke of his growing concerns over the increased use of noisy track exhausts, designed for the race track, which are illegal on public roads.
He said: “Many people are being plagued by these extremely loud motorcycles, especially on summer evenings and at weekends.
“The use of these exhausts, designed for the race track, on our roads is simply not acceptable and now the hot weather seems to be with us, it will become a serious issue for those living near these routes.
“Part of the solution has to be about enforcement, but it also has to be about education for the minority of bikers who think it’s OK to speed and illegally create far too many decibels.”
He added that he will work with Mr Hayes to raise awareness of the misery caused by the constant noise of these bikers.
Mr Hayes vowed to take their concerns to Hampshire Constabulary’s Roads Policing Unit, as well as organising a meeting with the management of Loomies Cafe, at West Meon Hut – a popular spot for bikers.
Mr Hayes added: “Through this engagement I would hope that an education and awareness programme can be developed, and to establish what can be done to minimise the impact these large numbers of bikers have on local residents when visiting the café, whilst respecting their rights to do so.”