04 November 2012
There is an important public meeting taking place on Wednesday 14th
November at 7.00pm in Windsor Close Community Centre. The local
police, housing associations and the Council's Anti-Social Behaviour
Team will be there to listen to residents' worries about crime and
anti-social behaviour in New Ferry. All are welcome to attend.
has always been a great place to live in. There are wonderful
people living here in this pleasant location sandwiched between the
historic Port Sunlight Village and the riverfront.
Many of us
have good neighbours. Most of our children are well-behaved.
the incidences of anti-social behaviour in New Ferry have increased as a
large minority of families and individuals seem to think they can do
what they like, when they like and to whom they like.
there are several troublemakers from Liverpool and other parts of Wirral
who are travelling to New Ferry and Bebington - areas which they
perceive to be "quiet" and "out of sight of the police". Once
here, they are sitting on our benches (in the precinct and in the parks)
openly smoking cannabis, dealing in drugs, under-age drinking.
undesirables are proving to be a magnet to some of our own youth who are
joining in with their unruly behaviour which includes yelling
foul-mouthed abuse at random passers-by, using bricks and stones to
randomly attack residents' homes usually without any provocation.
Cars are being scratched and wing mirrors being damaged outside
residents' homes and even on their own drives.
also several residents causing problems for their neighbours.
These seem to include the tenants of private lets, with landlords who
may not have checked who they are renting their properties out to.
And there are some residents who own their own homes who seem to think
they can hold loud late night parties or contain couples who argue
loudly and constantly with streams of foul language.
children are hanging around outside the off-licences waiting for someone
of the right age to go inside to buy them alcohol which they are then
consuming in New Ferry Park, by the Esplanade, and at Shrorefields.
Empty cans are being discarded at these locations, causing harm to
gangs are hanging around the subways, attacking innocent passers-by with
both abusive verbal abuse and physical attacks.
Police, the housing associations (Riverside, Venture, Wirral Partnership
Homes) are all aware of the issues, but are unable to take action or put
extra resources into tackling these problems because not enough
residents are reporting what they see or experience. Many people
believe that if they ring, nothing will get done and their complaint
will be ignored.
This is not
there is a report of anti-social behaviour, even though the police or
other authorities may not be able to attend, the incident is recorded
and marked on a map. When New Ferry gets so many marks on the map,
this signifies to the power-that-be that there is indeed a "problem" in
New Ferry and they WILL allocate additional resources to tackling the
problems. That means MORE money and MORE time from police officers
being spent in New Ferry.
This is what
residents continually ask for.