Fight against anti-social behaviour

PUBLISHED: 16:59 09 July 2007 | UPDATED: 15:10 12 May 2010

RESIDENTS and councillors in Bassingbourn are uniting to tackle anti-social behaviour in the village. On Wednesday, residents will be meeting to discuss issues surrounding anti-social behaviour and how it can be combated. Councillor Linda Oliver will als

RESIDENTS and councillors in Bassingbourn are uniting to tackle anti-social behaviour in the village.

On Wednesday, residents will be meeting to discuss issues surrounding anti-social behaviour and how it can be combated.

Councillor Linda Oliver will also be meeting with parish councillors, police and neighbourhood watch co-ordinator Vic Nickson.

Cllr Jack White, chairman of Bassingbourn Parish Council, said: "It is a small minority of youngsters that are causing trouble.

"We are seeing damage to cars and property, abuse of people and drinking on the recreation ground which is followed by silly behaviour. We are hoping to get better links with the police."

The village college has been given the go-ahead to provide a youth club once the summer holidays are over.

Cllr Oliver said: "We need to provide somewhere that is dry and warm for the young people to go in the evenings."

The club will open on Friday evenings on a trial basis.

There has also been an agreement between the parish council and South Cambridgeshire District Council to explore allowing youngsters to create a number of earth mounds for use as a BMX ramp.

Cllr Oliver said: "It will be a small area and very low key."

"One of the most important aspects is that neighbours around the area will be comfortable with the level of use."

The area of land close to the existing recreation ground will be a member's only area and will be tightly controlled.

The youngsters, themselves, will be building the mounds.

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