Pugh raps council over ‘feral’ youths in town
ate with one hand behind their back.
“Hard pressed coppers can only be in one place at a time.
“Even introducing a dispersal zone has manpower implications and in any case only applies to over 16-year-olds. This is exactly the sort of issue that needs to be bottomed out at the Southport Area Committee where the police routinely explain their situation to Southport’s elected representatives.
“However, unbelievably like the local police station and court, the Southport Area Committee is for the chop.
“A record of poor decision-making in the Liverpool city region has made it difficult for us to assess the problems we face in Southport, let alone address and collectively overcome them.
“Even the official col- lection and publication of statistics on a town or community basis has been sharply reduced.
“We need a collective community response to this problem, but bit by bit all the community institutions we need are being ditched. “
John Pugh says the loss of the Southport Area Committee will make it harder to issues that should be dealt with locally