Families are made unwelcome from a park in Chesterfield by the actions of teenagers who have smashed play equipment, litter and used foul language.
Residents have been in touch with local councillors Howard Borrell, Shirley & Paul Niblock and with the “Friends of the Inkerman” committee to express their concern about the Inkerman park, just off Ashgate Road.
“We have taken two of our grandchildren today and have found the playground quite unsafe with broken glass. We spoke to some teenagers who said they had had a party there last night.”
“….it now feels like the Inkerman Park play area has been taken over by bored teenagers and is no longer a place for parents to take their children on a sunny afternoon”
“Playground equipment has been deliberately broken and items have been set alight and other features damaged. There has been litter, tins and bottles left after drinking sessions as well as foul language being used if anybody has dared to challenge what they are doing.”
The above are a few examples of the comments received and it is so sad that all the hard work to find funding for this equipment is now going to waste as people now believe that they can’t safely take small children to their local park.
We ask that parents take an interest in where their older children are and what they are doing. Anyone witnesses anti-social behaviour should report via the Police 101 non-emergency phone number or use the on-line link below so that the incident is logged.
This will help build a profile of the extent of the problem - unless an emergency is taking place when they should ring 999.
Published: 17/09/2020 By: Radio Rewind Newsroom