Fears over anti-so­cial be­hav­iour at kids’ park

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

RES­I­DENTS liv­ing near Jas­mine Park say a lack of ac­tion over the play area has led to an in­crease in anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

The com­ments come af­ter res­i­dents cel­e­brated the re­open­ing of fa­cil­i­ties in Jan­uary this year af­ter they were closed for 18 months due to a le­gal dis­pute be­tween the coun­cil and devel­oper Tay­lor Wim­pey.

But they say the coun­cil owned park is like a ‘no -man’s land’ and has be­come a haven for anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

Anna Dob­son, 35, from Wall­brook Av­enue, who has lived there for four years, said: “No-one locks the park’s gates and there are no war­dens. so you get peo­ple stay­ing there at night, and get­ting drunker and drunker.

“It goes on most nights.”

Anna, who lives with hus­band An­drew and son Alex, two, added: “It in­tim­i­dates peo­ple from go­ing, I just avoid it now. An­drew, my hus­band, is fu­ri­ous too but peo­ple don’t know how to stop it.” She added that res­i­dents also had to clear up rub­bish at the park them­selves.

She said: “I am just an­noyed – if I try to sell my house and peo­ple come on a bad day they’ll think, I’m not mov­ing here, it’s like a no-man’s land.”

David Rut­ley, MP for Mac­cles­field, said: “It is very sad to hear about these is­sues of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour at Jas­mine Park, es­pe­cially when lo­cal res­i­dents fought so hard to get the park open against real odds.”

Coun­cil­lor Les Gil­bert, Cheshire East Coun­cil’s cab­i­net mem­ber for com­mu­ni­ties, said an anti-so­cial be­hav­iour (ASB) team is mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion. He said: “Af­ter po­lice con­firmed a num­ber of in­ci­dents had been re­ported, the ASB co-or­di­na­tor for the area vis­ited the park on May 26. Although there was no sign of any rub­bish and the park was in a good state of up­keep, there were com­plaints of noise com­ing from young peo­ple play­ing football.

“The ASB team have not re­ceived any new no­ti­fi­ca­tions of young peo­ple in­volved in ASB or of any po­lice in­ci­dents since May 28.”

A com­mit­tee to rep­re­sent Jas­mine Park is cur­rently be­ing set up and hopes to take on re­spon­si­bil­i­ties at the site in the near fu­ture.

A spokesman for Tay­lor Wim­pey said: “(Jas­mine Park) is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the coun­cil.”

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