Park 'lost' to litter and vandalism

PUBLISHED: 13:30 11 August 2014

Rubbish left behind

Rubbish left behind

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FRUSTRATED residents in a town suburb say they feel like they are living next to the 'lost park of Weston' due to rubbish and damage caused by youths.

Rubbish left by visitors to the parkRubbish left by visitors to the park

People living at Maltlands in Locking Castle say the litter and damage to trees left by young people who meet up in the area is spoiling the landscape.

The park used to have a dispersal order on it - giving police powers to move on antisocial groups congregating in the area - and residents say they want it back.

Ward councillor Catherine Gibbons - who represents the area on North Somerset Council - met residents last week to walk round the area and assess the problem.

She said: “From what I understand it is an ongoing problem. There have been some problems along Plumley Park as well.

Rubbish scattered across the parkRubbish scattered across the park

“This isn’t kids getting together and having fun it is generally antisocial behaviour and vandalism. We don’t want it to escalate to the point where police have to be involved, although sometimes it is hard to know what to do.”

One of the residents, who did not wish to be named for fear of being targeted, said: “We really do feel that we are living next to the lost park of Weston, the country and seaside resort that promotes littering.

“Sorry but the authorities don’t seem to care about Maltlands Park or the surrounding area.”

Residents claim the rubbish is piling up and the damaged vegetation is becoming dangerous to dog-walkers and passers-by.

Several branches have been broken and left hangingSeveral branches have been broken and left hanging

There are no bins in the area, after the last one was removed last week, and the number of broken branches seems to increase by the day, they claim.

Cllr Gibbons said: “Young people need to be out and about doing things but it is what they are doing and how.

“We don’t want to stop playing and doing regular things, but we need to stop them going across the boundary into antisocial behaviour – it is about getting the balance right.

“If there are things that can be done to make life better for everyone as a councillor then I will put that forward, and hopefully I will be listened to.”

Police have said they will be patrolling the area and it has been added to the antisocial behaviour vehicle schedule.

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