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Controversial pavilion will ‘not be’ crime issue

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 21, 2014

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BUILDING Branston’s controversial pavilion is UNLIKELY to create more anti-social behaviour, a police officer has said.

PC Lee Parden was asked by Branston Parish Council to comment on some residents’ concerns that building a sports pavilion earmarked for Clays Lane, will increase criminal behaviour.

He said: “Just putting a building there won’t create anti-social behaviour. If people want to commit anti-social behaviour then they will.”

His comments came as a more than 30 villagers turned up for the parish council meeting in Rough Hayes community centre, on Tuesday, with many still angry that the pavilion has been given the go-ahead.

Fears over vandalism was one of the concerns raised in a public display on the plans by St Modwens. The developer has recently been given permission to build 660 homes on land south of the village. Through a Section 106 agreement, to provide amenities for communities affected by new development, it will build the pavilion, as well as a sports pitch, 20 parking spaces and CCTV cameras.

PC Parden added: “No one can second guess. I am sure people will come and go, and like other areas it goes in cycles.

“The causes could be nothing to do with the pavilion building, such as when we had the new recreation area, we had a high rise in the number of children coming to have a look. Unfortunately there are someone people who want to cause damage but we go out there and deal with it.

“We will try and be there as much as we can.”

It has also been thought a PCSO office could be located within the pavilion’s office.

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