Police and council to work together to tackle anti-social behaviour in Grantham parks
A Journal reader has voiced his concerns over anti-social behaviour involving drink and drugs in a Grantham park.
The reader, who asked not to be named, says he is concerned that Wyndham Park is being taken over by yobs and that a more serious incident will happen if anti-social behaviour is not dealt with.
The man, who lives near the park in Alford Street, said: “As we enter this period of relaxing the lockdown measures I fear the worst for our beautiful Wyndham Park.
“At weekends the park is treated with no respect. People partying throughout the night, screaming, yelling and generally behaving in a totally anti-social way.
“This week as I walked along the river I was confronted by a gang of youths smoking drugs, swearing and abusing passers-by.
“I spoke to a park attendant who said, ‘ I know it happens all the time’.”
The Journal has seen pictures of alcohol bottles and litter strewn about the park.
He added: “The park is supposed to be a place where families can gather and feel safe and not threatened .
“There is no presence of park wardens, police or anybody of authority to tackle these matters.
“I am sure it’s only a matter of time until we have a serious incident on our hands.
“Please keep the park for the people.”
Police say they are now monitoring parks in Grantham following incidents of vandalism and anti-social behaviour.
Police community support officer Jackie Fulker said: “We set out new priorities every three months for our beat areas in Grantham. This quarter, on the east, we are monitoring all the parks, particularly Wyndham Park, where there has been some damage to the swings and drug and alcohol misuse around the parks. Rubbish being left and just general anti-social behaviour.
“However, with speeding being our previous priority we will still continue to do speed checks in and around the town.”
Anybody who witnesses vandalism or anti-social behaviour is asked to call the police on 101.
South Kesteven District Council, which has responsibility for the town’s parks, says it is working with police after receiving reports of vandalism and anti-social behaviour in Wyndham Park and is working to tackle the issues.
SKDC cabinet member for commercial and operations Councillor Peter Moseley said: “This is a team effort. Our park volunteers have been asked to report incidents and the police are going to be working to address this type of anti-social behaviour.
“Wyndham Park has been awarded Green Flag status – the benchmark for quality – for nine consecutive years. Along with Grantham’s other parks it is a wonderful place to visit for reasons ranging from its picturesque pathway walks to a fully functioning outdoor gym.
“The mindless actions of a few selfish individuals should not detract from such a wonderful community asset.”
Earlier this year the Journal reported on a spate of vandalism to swings in Wyndham Park. We also reported on complaints about late night noise in Queen Elizabeth Park and littering of park benches after youths gathered there until midnight.