While there has been some improvement in some local public services this week, we’re still finding, and reporting, a lot of local issues that require attention
We reported several problems with litter and dumping last Wednesday expecting that they would be cleared in a couple of days. Sad to say most haven’t.
The recent rain plus continuing warmer weather is likely to see hedge and grass growth. We’ll be reporting any on public spaces which block footpaths
One of the entrances to the Cornlands Road park is recommended for closure in a report to be presented to a meeting next week (see plan).
Last year the Cornlands Park was the centre of increased anti-social behaviour in the area and Police hope that restricting the number of access points to the park will make enforcement easier.
Many residents though would like to see the whole of the park secured after dark.
The same meeting will consider a petition presented by local Councillor Sue Hunter to the last Council meeting.
It requesting the alleyways between 30-38 Gale Lane,1-9 Bachelor Hill and to the rear of 11-15 Bachelor Hill be gated for reasons of security.
A report by officials to the meeting claims that there have been no reports of anti-social behaviour in the area during the last 12 months and that therefore the Public Space Protection Order legislation cannot be invoked in this case.
Not with standing recent statistics, over the years’ rowdy behaviour has been a recurrent issue in the area.
The snickets concerned are not short cuts. They are only used – legitimately – to access the rear of the terraced properties.
The Council should agree to consult with residents about the options for installing lockable gates
The snickets, which are both on Council Housing Department owned land, could still be closed but funding would be needed from either the estate improvement budget or the Ward committee.