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Behaviour issues at new play area

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 05, 2014

Opening of Tower Woods play area....Cllr Bernard Peters....

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COUNCIL bosses and police chiefs are currently investigating reports of a rise in antisocial behaviour in a play area of a Burton suburb.

East Staffordshire Borough Council’s neighbourhood team and officers from Staffordshire Police have been alerted to an increase in youngsters drinking at Tower Woods play area, off Derwent Road, and also a problem of dropped litter.

This comes only months after the newly refurbished site was set alight by vandals in an arson attack.

Brizlincote Parish Council chiefs are currently working with council bosses in a bid to find out the cost of installing CCTV to put a stop to the issues.

A spokesman for the parish council said: “Recent antisocial behaviour associated with litter and possible groups of young people consuming alcohol in the play area has been referred to the borough council’s neighbourhood team to investigate.”

More than £3,000 of damage was caused last year by vandals only months after £35,000 had been spent revamping the play area.

A large number of wooden retaining posts were fire damaged and some of the equipment, such as stepping blocks and balance beams, as well as a large area of bark chippings were damaged.

Work to bring the play area back up to standard has now been completed; the main reason why parish councillors are moving quickly to ward off this latest spate of antisocial behaviour.

Bernard Peters, who is borough councillor for Brizlincote, said: “Since the fire, the borough council has been working with the police in a bid to try to stop others from committing other acts of antisocial behaviour.”

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