Chunk of 'concrete' thrown from top of Grantham car park narrowly misses man
A councillor has raised concerns with the district council about drug dealing and anti-social behaviour after a chunk of 'concrete' was thrown from the top of Welham Street car park narrowly missing a man walking by.
Coun Charmaine Morgan has written to the chief executive of South Kesteven District Council highlighting complaints she has received from people about youths congregating in the car park.
She says that on Sunday three youths threw a chunk of concrete or flooring material from the roof, missing a man by inches.
Coun Morgan said: "He would have been killed or seriously injured had this not narrowly missed him, the lump was so large. It was thrown so hard and far it reached him when he was walking the other side of Welham Street next to the flats. He gave chase but could not catch them. He was clearly upset/shaken by the incident."
Coun Morgan said she had also received complaints about drug dealing in the stairwell, youths sitting on the high ledges shouting abuse at members of the public below and youths skateboarding in the car park.
Coun Morgan added: "I have discussed the security of this site before with SKDC officers. I called for building works to improve the car park making it impossible for someone to sit on the ledges at every level through the use of barriers and improved security measures in the stairwell.
"Instead officers cut down valuable street scene trees rather than properly tackle the ASB issues on site when youths were also using them to climb off the building to reach the ground."
Coun Morgan has asked SKDC how many security guards patrol council premises, including the car park at night.
Coun Morgan said: "I understand a meeting is taking place to discuss these issues. We are spending millions upgrading the town cinema. If we want visitors to have a safe, enjoyable experience more must be done. I expect the residents in the flats and houses near the car park are also affected by these issues."