BRIDGET JONES CREW ANGERS VILLAGERS
Crew on new Bridget Jones film causes chaos at village car park
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.
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Movie magic: Above, Bridget Jones star Renee Zelweger. Below, the production crew in Great