Drink and drug issues are put before panel

Libby Simpson, Council Parking.

Libby Simpson, Council Parking.

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A NEIGHBOURHOOD policing team pledged to resolve issues brought up during the inaugural town centre neighbourhood panel meeting on Wednesday.

A handful of residents met with the central neighbourhood policing team and representatives of South Kesteven District Council and Lincolnshire County Council.

A number of issues arose, and beat manager Pc Simon Wright promised to make them a priority for his team.

Drink and drugs was a hot topic, with neighbours living in the Bluegate and Riverside areas of the town telling of dealing out in the open.

Peter Clawson, of Riverside, said: “There’s drugs on both sides of Welham Street now. We watch it happen so we know.

“The drinkers have another bottle bank now, and it’s called my hedge. It’s absolutely full.”

Mr Clawson also reported illegal parking in Welham Street, as well as littering.

He said: “There’s an increasing amount of litter, we don’t know where it’s all coming from. It’s been absolutely disgusting.”

A resident in the Bluegate area said she was fed up of seeing vomit on the pavements, caused by boozers staggering out of the Blue Pig pub, and also dog owners not picking up after their pets who have gone to the toilet in the St Wulfram’s churchyard.

Other problems brought up were blocked drains in Elmer Street North and Brook Street, which area highways manager Mark Heaton vowed to look into.

Mr Heaton also told residents a 20mph speed limit would be in force in the newly regenerated Market Place and Westgate, with Pc Wright stressing he hopes the speed bumps in those areas would put a stop to boy racers speeding along there.

At the end of the meeting, a number of town centre residents volunteered to be panel members for future meetings.

The panel, chaired by Libby Simpson, will meet again in three months’ time to discuss progress on points raised.