‘Con­tact the po­lice over anti-so­cial drink­ing’

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

LO­CAL coun­cil­lors in Brid­gend are urg­ing residents to con­tact the po­lice over anti-so­cial drink­ing is­sues as soon as they be­come aware of them to en­sure of­fi­cers have “live in­for­ma­tion” which they can act on straight away.

Residents say young peo­ple drink­ing on green spaces and parks such as the Peny­bont Pri­mary School in­ter­field have long been a prob­lem, with teenagers leav­ing be­hind cans and bot­tles.

On a re­cent lit­ter-pick, vol­un­teers found a dis­carded nee­dle as well.

Ward county coun­cil­lors Ni­cole Bur­nett and Stu­art Bald­win said: “We do get reg­u­lar com­plaints from residents re­gard­ing anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in var­i­ous parts of the Morfa Ward, in­clud­ing Brid­gend town cen­tre.

“Of­ten it is a con­gre­ga­tion of young peo­ple, drink­ing al­co­hol on green spaces and parks.

“This has been hap­pen­ing for many years and is not a new prob­lem and mostly it is harm­less, how­ever, things can get out of hand.”

Coun­cil­lor Bur­nett added: “We have ex­cel­lent neigh­bour­hood polic­ing teams, who pa­trol reg­u­lar hotspots, but they can’t be ev­ery­where at the same time, so if any residents are con­cerned then I urge you to phone 101.

“Of­ten a quiet word from an of­fi­cer can help pre­vent trou­ble es­ca­lat­ing and the po­lice re­ally need live in­for­ma­tion, rather than com­plaints after the event.”

While the Peny­bont in­ter­field is owned by the school, it is never used by the school­child­ren in term time due to the lack of a se­cure bound­ary fence.

The school has other play­ing fields within its grounds which it uses.

NI­COLE BUR­NETT

Peny­bont Pri­mary School, Brid­gend

PETER BOLTER

Coun­cil­lor Ni­cole Bur­nett

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