One of New Plymouth's top park-up spots is in for a makeover to keep boozing hoons away.
New Plymouth District Council officers will soon begin consultation with neighbours, users and interested parties on possible changes to the Mt Byron Domain carpark.
Colloquially known as Pig Out Point, the central seaside carpark is the city's most popular spot to park and eat takeaways.
Long associated with litter problems and rats, it has now become a popular weekend meeting point for rowdy young boozers.
Resident and neighbourhood watch member Caroline Symmans said the loud music, burn-outs and drinking sometimes lasted late into the night and changes needed to be made to stop the drinkers congregating.
"It's different to what I was doing when I was young. I didn't go to the bottle. Instead of going to Girl Guides and Boy Scouts they are down here yahooing. It seems to me more prevalent at weekends," Ms Symmans said.
Speed humps on Hobson St and Octavius Pl could help make the car park less desirable for hoons, she said.
Pig Out Point's neighbouring Tasman Club has already worked to make the car park less attractive to those inclined to vandalism or criminal behaviour.
Two council video cameras mounted on the club building keep a constant watch over the carpark, and the club has also used technology to deter vandals from its clubrooms.
"We caught a high school girl who had been breaking windows. We put a picture of her on Facebook and someone dobbed her in. She wasn't expecting to get caught. She had to pay $400," said club member and resident Charles Copplestone.
In a submission to the council the club asked for extra lighting, speed bumps and a roundabout at the Hobson St and Octavius Pl intersection.
"We would love the popular nickname for the car park to change to Peaceful Point," the submission stated.
Council parks assets manager Trevor Hornby said all affected parties would be consulted on possible changes at what was one of New Plymouth's best lookout spots.
"It's about raising the quality of the area and making it more user-friendly," he said.
At this stage changes to stop antisocial behaviour could not involve a gate as the car park was road reserve and could not be blocked off.
Following community consultation a report will be made to council on possible changes and costs. No money has yet been allocated for the project.
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