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Playground anti-social behaviour is affecting local residents

Created on 25/04/2018 @ 18:00
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Residents on a Newtown housing estate are receiving anti-social behaviour from a minority of children using a play area near their homes.

A local county councillor has urged Mid Wales Housing Association to address the problem at Vaynor, but says they have ignored suggestions.

Local Newtown Councillor David Selby said Mid Wales Housing Association is "not being a good neighbour in managing its playground on the Lon Rhedyn estate on Vaynor, Newtown correctly."
“The well used children's playground on Lon Rhedyn is very near to the back gardens of houses in Heol Pengwern, Vaynor and there are regular incidents of balls being kicked into the gardens of neighbouring properties, and of anti -social behaviour causing distress to the local residents," he said.

"Unfortunately, the police have had to be involved on many occasions.  Everyone accepts that children's playgrounds are much needed local asset, but they must be managed correctly and must be designed in a way in which they are not a nuisance to neighbours."

Cllr Selby added: “Meetings between local residents, the police and Mid Wales Housing have been held and a solution involving the construction of a higher fence between the playground and the neighbouring gardens has been proposed.

"After extra discussion a lower cost solution was found but still this simple proposal has been rejected because of cost. No alternative has been suggested by the housing association and as the summer season approaches, local residents fear the problem will continue and their lives disturbed by the minority who misuse the playground.”

Cllr Selby has urged the housing association to reconsider the issue.
“I urge the local housing association to rethink their refusal to construct a fence, or to come up another acceptable solution.  Please be a good neighbour Mid Wales Housing."

Photo: The play area at Vaynor

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