Park dis­or­der

Teens drink­ing and smash­ing glass

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

Cam­bus­lang res­i­dents have hit out at youths who smash bot­tles and dump lit­ter in the town’s park dur­ing binge drink­ing ses­sions.

Fears for the fu­ture of Cam­bus­lang Pub­lic Park have been raised again as teens re­turn to drink there in the sum­mer evenings.

Cam­bus­lang res­i­dents have hit out at youths who smash bot­tles and dump lit­ter in the town’s park dur­ing binge drink­ing ses­sions.

Fears for the fu­ture of Cam­bus­lang Pub­lic Park have been raised again as teens re­turn to drink there in the sum­mer evenings.

The out­rage fol­lows sim­i­lar in­ci­dents last sum­mer which cul­mi­nated in a lo­cal lad be­ing hit on the head with a glass bot­tle.

One young woman, who walks her dog in the park al­most ev­ery day, said: “The teenagers are still hang­ing about the park as much as they did last year.

“But that is not the prob­lem. It’s the smashed glass ev­ery­where. They bring their drink down here, but in­stead of putting bot­tles in the bin, or be­side the bin, they smash the bot­tles.

“It’s dan­ger­ous, some­one could get hurt badly.

“If they are drink­ing and fall over and land on the glass, they could be hurt, just as much as a child or any other vis­i­tor to the park.”

Other peo­ple who use the park and those who work hard to main­tain it have ex­pressed their out­rage.

Ed­ward Cais, of the Friends of Cam­bus­lang Park group, said: “This is a con­tin­u­ing is­sue. The gather­ing of young peo­ple, although lovely to have them in the park, is re­sult­ing in this mess be­ing left.

“This kind of thing in the hol­i­day pe­riod is par­tic­u­larly bad and it’s ev­i­dent from the rub­bish around that al­co­hol is con­sumed.

“The ques­tion of bro­ken glass in the park is a con­tin­u­ing prob­lem in the morn­ings cer­tainly af­ter the week­ends. It is some­thing South La­nark­shire Coun­cil staff are con­stantly clear­ing up.”

A spokesman for Po­lice Scot­land said: “At this time of year peo­ple do tend to hang about the park and we do see an in­crease in anti-so­cial be­haviour.

“We are car­ry­ing out ex­tra pa­trols in the area, both uni­form and plain clothes of­fi­cers to counter that. We are also work­ing closely with our part­ners, South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s com­mu­nity war­dens and Friends of Cam­bus­lang Park and are in reg­u­lar di­a­logue with them.”

A spokesman for South La­nark­shire Coun­cil said staff carry out lit­ter­pick­ing ev­ery week day at the park and con­firmed bro­ken glass was a re­cur­ring prob­lem.

Ex­plain­ing anti-so­cial be­haviour would be raised at the next meet­ing of the lo­cal joint prob­lem solv­ing fo­rum, he said: “Mean­time, the coun­cil’s com­mu­nity war­den ser­vice is aware of is­sues in­volv­ing young peo­ple gather­ing at Cam­bus­lang Park and reg­u­larly mon­i­tor and pa­trol the park, li­ais­ing with Po­lice Scot­land if nec­es­sary.”

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