Anti-social antics at new play area in Grantham

The recently created play park off Springfield Road where anti-social behaviour has been reported.
The recently created play park off Springfield Road where anti-social behaviour has been reported.
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Residents living in a new apartment block in Grantham are being disturbed by noise and anti-social behaviour from a newly installed play park near their homes.

In the past few weeks, play equipment has been installed next to the flats on the Bovis Homes Mallards Quarter development on Springfield Road, but in the evening it has become a meeting place for youths.

One resident, Danni Chappell, 29, who moved into the apartment block two months ago, said: “The play park has only recently been installed right outside the flats and the sudden arrival of this park has started an uproar of anti-social behaviour, with footballs being kicked at windows, and even apples thrown at windows. The noise and disturbance has been going on until late into the night.

“The play park has even attracted passing drunks, who fancy a go on the play equipment.”

He added: “When we viewed the flat and moved in two months ago, no-one told us this park was about to be built, nor have we had any correspondence about it.

“It is fine during the day, when it is being used properly by younger children, but from 6pm onwards a group of older boys has been gathering there and at times it has been just constant noise.”

Mr Chappell has contacted police and a PCSO attended on Monday and spoke to the group. “I saw him taking names and they disappeared shortly after, they’ve been back the last two nights and quite honestly I haven’t heard a peep out of them. No rocks, no apples, no footballs at the window,” said Mr Chappell. However he added: “They’re still very rambunctious in the park around the smaller children, fighting, and kicking their football around like they’re in an empty field. Paying no interest to the smaller children or the parents supervising. They climb the apparatus and fencing around it, urinating and smoking.”

A Bovis Homes spokesman said: “The play area was provided at the request of the council and was part of a package of community benefits funded by Bovis Homes costing in excess of £200,000 and including highways improvements and education provision. The play area is included in the approved plans for Mallard Quarter, which now has only a handful of apartments remaining to be sold, and is shown on the development map, including on our website at www.bovishomes.co.uk

“It has been completed, inspected and approved by the council and should be adopted by them following the usual timetable. If anyone witnesses any anti-social behaviour here or elsewhere, we would advise they contact the council’s anti-social behaviour team, or the police if appropriate.”

A spokesman for South Kesteven District Council said: “Our community safety team were contacted about alleged anti-social behaviour taking place at the park on July 27. This was related to a very small minority of children who have used the facility to date.

“This has been logged with the team who will monitor the situation going forward. Local residents are advised to call police on 101 or the team on 01476 40 60 80 should they experience anti-social behaviour anywhere in South Kesteven.”