A popular public car park at Kendalls Beach, Kiama will be closed at night under a proposal to be debated by Kiama councillors tomorrow night.
Last month a car allegedly driven by a P-plater, who returned a blood-alcohol reading of .174, spun out of control when attempting to leave the car park late at night, crashing through a fence and running over a family in a tent in the adjacent caravan park.
Under the proposal, a lockable barrier gate would be installed at the entrance to the car park at the northern end of Kendalls Beach.
Kiama council's director of corporate and commercial services Chris Quigley said the council had recently received complaints from residents living near the northern end of Kendalls Beach Holiday Park, as well as park guests and management about anti-social behaviour in the car park.
Mr Quigley said it was common for groups to utilise the reserve and barbecue area adjacent to the car park generally on weekends and more so during warmer months.
"Gatherings often remain quite late with the consumption of alcohol generally resulting in noisy and occasionally anti-social behaviour ... this behaviour is causing problems," he said.
The installation of gates in other parts of the municipality had been an extra cost, Mr Quigley said, because a council employee was required to close the gate each night and open it each morning.
"However, this would not be the case here as the park manager locks the park amenities at sunset and opens them again at around 6am," Mr Quigley said.
"He is happy to open and close the gate at the same time.
"Preventing vehicular access to the car park does not guarantee the reserve will not still attract some anti-social behaviour but it will minimise it."