“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.