The whole complaints process feels broken and ineffective. There seems very little help or real guidance or mediation. It’s soul destroying. Neighbours of a Primary School in South Yorkshire
The nearby School is hiring out a Multi-Use Sport Area for young people and have totally mismanaged the events which has led to unruly youths running amok, loitering, using foul language,causing constant obnoxious noise (such as banging of gates), brick throwing,kicking footballs into gardens and cars, trespass, littering, urinating at the rear of properties, grafitti etc. This is a weekly occurrence.
This has been very stressful to live with weekly for residents nearby, it is infuriatingly difficult to get any real action from the council who has been extremely difficult and fragmented. The Police don’t really show any real care or presence. It takes up a lot of time. The whole complaints process feels broken and ineffective. There seems very little help or real guidance or mediation. It’s soul destroying.
It was initially reported as Statutory Nuisance during dark winter months. The acting school head has refused to talk despite many requests.Since the lighter nights the residents have gathered more evidence of ASB and each time an incident is witnessed it has been reported to the police and council (out of hours) who do not do very much. A community trigger was actioned and appealed, but nothing has come of this.
“We have suffered 12 months of harassment and distress because of the behaviour of young people on this park” Matthew Williams, Wolverhampton
Residents living on the Duke Park Estate in Bilston presented a petition with 85 signatures to Wolverhampton City Council asking for a local play area to be removed after 12 months of harassment and distress since it was installed.. The council and police have taken notice of the strength of feeling against the playground. They do not want to close it, but rather address the anti-social behaviour. They suggested a 12 month probation period to tackle the problems – but again, the residents made their voices heard. After hearing the extent of residents’ distress, the authorities reduced the probation period to just six months.
Matthew Williams, who lives on the estate, handed in the petition before outlining it to council bosses. He said: “We have suffered 12 months of harassment and distress because of the behaviour of young people on this park. “They are drinking, shouting, setting fire to vehicles, drawing pornographic imagery on children’s play equipment and riding motor bikes just a few yards away from our homes. “I think calling this anti-social behaviour isn’t an accurate description, it is criminal behaviour. “The park simply has to go, there was no trouble there before and since it has been built we have had nothing but trouble.” So residents have been heard to a point, and by the end of 6 months the problems should have been stopped and the play area available to young children, or it will need to be closed down as residents hope.