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Councillor says every avenue will be explored to end ongoing Unity Park problems

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 21, 2014

Cllr Bill Ganley at Unity Park.

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AN East Staffordshire borough councillor has reiterated his pledge to try and solve the issues surrounding Unity Park in Princess Street.

Councillor Bill Ganley, who represents Shobnall on East Staffordshire Borough Council, says he feels the pain of residents living close to the park who have had suffered ongoing verbal abuse and damage to their property by youths gathering in the area.

He now intends to raise the issue with Julian Mott, leader of the council, to assess ways that the problem can be tackled once and for all.

Mr Ganley told the Mail: “I made a commitment to get this problem sorted and it’s one that I fully intend to stick to.

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“I need the residents who are affected by the problems in and around Unity Park to get in contact with me and let me hear their story.

“When the park first opened there were problems, but we gave it time to see if it sorted itself out. I’m saddened to hear that people living nearby are still having to put up with the antisocial behaviour caused by certain groups of young people in the park.”

The Mail recently reported the story of one family who have had youths throw eggs at their house as well as climbing into their back garden to retrieve footballs that go over the fence.

Following this, Lewis Ridler who lives close to the park got in touch with the Mail to say that youths gathering in the park have also targeted his home, even vandalising it with spray paint.

He said: “I’m fearful again because it’s coming up to summer when I want to sit in the garden. Last summer I couldn’t because the ball would keep hitting the house.

“It was also unpleasant to sit there and hear the language that some of the kids were using. I was appalled by some of the things coming out of their mouths.” Councillor Ganley says that he will look at every possible solution to resolve the problem, which has blighted families in the area since the park opened.

He said: “If needs be we will use every means possible to assess this problem and if we need more community officers in that area then I will try to make it happen.”

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