We received the following email today from a resident, which we publish with his permission.
We’ve been in contact with the district council this afternoon on this, emailing the councillors in charge of litter and community safety (Cllrs Michael Steptoe and Lesley Butcher, respectively) as well as the appropriate council officers. Cllr Steptoe has already very helpfully emailed us back to say he will be raising the litter problem with officers. The District Council’s Anti-Social Behaviour Co-ordinator (he co-ordinates stopping it) will be discussing the situation with the police.
Any other comments from residents would be most welcome! And just to add that although David Cameron offered the Lib Dems a coalition at national level, there is no coalition on Rochford District Council.
Unfortunately last night it was necessary for myself and other residents to contact the local police team regarding 5 mopeds and 2 cars that decided to use Priory chase and the skate park as a youth congregation area. The mopeds used Priory Chase as a race track repeated going up and down and around the roundabouts several times at speed causing noise and nuisance. These mopeds and only 50cc and sound like demented wasps. Multiply this by 5 and you get the idea. I also witnessed them popping wheelies in the road and driving back and forth between the road and Skate park along the pavement. In the past week these idiots have also been seen using the bridle way that runs from he children’s playground in Swayne park all the way to the top of Priory Chase by the infants school. Local police attended very quickly and contacted me later to inform me that they were aware of the individuals from previous dealings. The skate park is now a congregation area for unruly teenage youths, particularly now that the nights are warmer and lighter. As the skate park is partly managed by the local authority what action can I and other residents expect under your obligation under the crime and disorder act to take to remedy the problem. The local police have agreed to patrol the area and tackle any issues they come across, however long term responsibility for the skate park lies with the local authority. The skate park is dirty, unsupervised and attracts groups intent on loutish behaviour to the area. The local ASDA store is a ready supply of refreshments for them keeping them in the area for long periods of time.
A trail of litter from ASDA’s to the skate park clearly shows this. Despite several requests for street cleaning in the area the local authority repeatedly sites the needs for roads to be adopted. This however does appear to stop them emptying my bin or collecting my council tax each month as they have for the past 4 years. ASDA’s have informed me that they offered to sponsor 2 bins in Priory Chase to alleviate the problem, but the local authority refused to take responsibility of emptying them. How about some common sense and less excuses. Litter in this area will only increase when the football pitches at the top of Priory Chase open up, lets get some bins in now and do something about it. There was a bin at the top of Priory Chase by the start of the footpath but this seemed to disappear when the pitches were created. Where has it gone, who decided it was not needed. It clearly was, the amount of litter along this footpath and area now shows this.
I would suggest that if this skate park was next to the council offices or some councillors homes then I would not be writing to you. Skate parks are a good idea provided they are managed and run responsibly you as an authority set up the skate park therefore you should also take the responsibility of dealing with the fallout.
As a local councillor in a now joint coalition council there should be little or no opposition to all of you agreeing to do something. Hopefully this will be swift and not the normal political agenda of passing responsibility, forming committees and employing think tanks. If there is space between discussions on which type of plastic/metal will be used on name plates under sponsored flower baskets can this issues please be raised.
Apologies for the rant.