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Villagers want action over anti-social behaviour in Great Gonerby

Villagers in Great Gonerby say their quality of life is being ruined by late-night anti-social behaviour.

Residents from Covill Close attended an open forum of the parish council on Monday night to voice their concerns about a year-long battle with noise disturbance at the Memorial Hall car park and grounds.

They complained of loud booming music from parked cars, the revving of engines, drinking of alcohol and drug taking.

Great Gonerby Memorial Hall (48993084)
Great Gonerby Memorial Hall (48993084)

Dave Witheridge said the problem started last year at the beginning of the pandemic.

He said: “It has been a real problem. Cars arrive at night and there’s loud music playing, shouting and swearing and when I asked if they could be quiet I just got abuse.”

Kelly Walton said she has raised the issue with the police, the parish council and the Memorial Hall committee.

She said: “I don’t want to sit in my garden listening to loud booming music. We realise we live next door to a playing field and there will be noise from activities and those doing exercise but not to the extent we have had to suffer over the last year. It is really affecting our quality of life.”

Bob Halliday, who lives near the car park, said: “I even found a couple of youngsters in my garden at 12.30 in the morning.”

The neighbours have put forward possible solutions including the installation of a barrier to stop cars entering the car park in the evening, signs and the locking of the 3G pitch at night.

Glendyr Saward, Memorial Hall committee secretary, said they had met with residents for an informal meeting and will do their best to sort things out for the village.

She said: “We have agreed to install vehicle registration cameras and will be improving the lights as well as looking at the possibility of putting a timer on the 3G pitch lights so play is only allowed up to 10pm.”

In a letter to the parish council police assistant chief constable Chris Davison said they were looking at enhancing neighbourhood policing.

He said: “We are reshaping how our neighbourhood policing will work and have already ensured that we protect our police community support officers and community constables time to work within their neighbourhoods.

“More money is being invested in recruiting new community beat constables and there are ambitious plans for a roving community crime team which will bolster resources on an as needed basis.”

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