Crew on new Brid­get Jones film causes chaos at vil­lage car park

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Camil­la_Good­man

AN­GRY mo­torists were stuck in grid­lock traf­fic when a film crew de­scended on a vil­lage and used a pop­u­lar car park with­out per­mis­sion.

A crew film­ing for the new third Brid­get Jones movie ti­tled Brid­get Jones’s Baby turned-up with dozens of trail­ers and trucks at the Link Road car park in Great Mis­senden last Thurs­day (Oc­to­ber 15) morn­ing, clos­ing the car park and caus­ing con­ges­tion in the vil­lage from 8am.

Par­ents were left fu­ri­ous when they could not park in the pop­u­lar car park to walk their chil­dren to school as part of Walk to School week.

It also had a neg­a­tive im­pact on busi­nesses in the vil­lage, such as the Roald Dahl Mu­seum, be­cause cus­tomers are asked to use Link Road car park. Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil, which owns the car park, said it did not give the pro­duc­tion com­pany per­mis­sion to use the Link Road car park and that po­lice were in­volved to move them off the site.

It is un­der­stood that the pro­duc­tion com­pany’s trucks start­ing sink­ing in a field it orig­i­nally planned to park in and so they moved to the car park in the early hours of Thurs­day morn­ing.

Vil­lager Sue Free­man said: “Not only did it cause havoc with par­ents drop­ping off and pick­ing up chil­dren, shops and busi­nesses in the vil­lage, in­clud­ing the Roald Dahl Mu­seum, rely on this car park for their cus­tomers.

“It’s out­ra­geous that a film unit can just turn up and think they have a right to do this to a vil­lage com­mu­nity. Shame on them.”

A Chiltern Dis­trict Coun­cil spokesman said: “We can con­firm that no per­mis­sion was given for the film trucks to go on the Link Road car park and are aware of the dis­rup­tion their ac­tion has caused peo­ple wish­ing to use it, par­tic­u­larly in Walk to School week.

“The com­pany was in­structed to leave the car park and we un­der­stand the po­lice as­sisted by help­ing the film com­pany re­lo­cate to a more ap­pro­pri­ate site.

“This is a well-used car park and we re­gret that users have been put to such in­con­ve­nience, but re­peat that we re­ceived no re­quest and gave no per­mis­sion for this pub­lic fa­cil­ity to be used in this way.”

Part of the movie is be­ing filmed at a home in nearby vil­lage Ballinger.

The film is due to be re­leased on Septem­ber 16, 2016.

Have you spot­ted the film crew in Great Mis­senden and Ballinger? Email your pho­tos to buck­snews@trin­i­

Movie magic: Above, Brid­get Jones star Re­nee Zel­weger. Be­low, the pro­duc­tion crew in Great


Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.