More focus to be placed on curbing antisocial behaviour in Birkenhead as councillors say 'no more' to residents living in fear

Wirral Globe: More focus to be placed on curbing antisocial behaviour as councillors say 'no more' to Birkenhead residents living in fear of gangs More focus to be placed on curbing antisocial behaviour as councillors say 'no more' to Birkenhead residents living in fear of gangs

A GREATER focus will be placed on curbing antisocial behaviour in Birkenhead after councillors recognised the issue was spiralling out of control.

Families on the Tranmere and Rock Ferry boundary have flooded the authorities with complaints about gangs terrorising their streets – which has seen car windows and wing mirrors smashed, as well as eggs thrown at homes.

Councillor Brian Kenny, who represents the Birkenhead and Tranmere ward, told the Globe many homeowners are living in fear each night as what they have described as “gangs of youths” terrorise the streets between Mersey Park and Victoria Park.

The complaints are focused on several streets in the area, including Church Road and Ivydale Road.

More than 30 residents attended a public meeting in Rock Ferry last night to speak with councillors from the Birkenhead and Tranmere ward, Rock Ferry ward, representatives from Merseyside Police and Wirral Council’s antisocial behaviour and community safety teams.

Following the meeting, Cllr Kenny told the Globe more attention will now be focused on the area, as well as moving forward with plans to build a multi-million pound youth zone in the town.

“We had a long discussion about the issues that are going on in the area at the moment,” explained Cllr Kenny.

“The main problem that residents are seeing is that groups of youths are going down the streets between the two parks and generally misbehaving.

“They are smashing car wing mirrors, car windows and throwing eggs at homes.

“We decided that we are going to pay more attention to the area from now on and residents have been asked to report any incidents at the time so that they can be logged.

“We also had positive discussions about the proposals for the Wirral Youth Zone, which will be built next to Birkenhead Community Fire Station in the coming years.”

Plans for the Youth Zone are still in the early stages but the state-of-the-art centre - which is expected to cost around £6m - should be open by late 2015.

Councillor Kenny said: “It will give young people in Wirral somewhere to go, things to do and there will be all sorts of things going on.

“We are hoping by setting up initiatives like the youth zone, it will give young people something to do and hopefully it will put a stop to the antisocial behaviour we have got at the moment.

“It is not acceptable that residents should be sitting in their own homes worrying about what is going on literary outside their front door.

“We want to try and turn that around completely.”

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11:33am Tue 28 Jan 14

WirralAl says...

Good luck.
Good luck. WirralAl

12:31pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Thepleb says...

So why year upon year have they cut the budgets for the anti social team and decimated the Wirral Community Patrol service cutting staff every year along with closing the Councils control room which takes all incoming calls over anti social behaviour, how are these actions going to assist the council in dealing with anti social behaviour, I cannot see any councillor wearing a uniform jumping in a white van and dealing with 20 youths on a cold January night.
So why year upon year have they cut the budgets for the anti social team and decimated the Wirral Community Patrol service cutting staff every year along with closing the Councils control room which takes all incoming calls over anti social behaviour, how are these actions going to assist the council in dealing with anti social behaviour, I cannot see any councillor wearing a uniform jumping in a white van and dealing with 20 youths on a cold January night. Thepleb

3:56pm Tue 28 Jan 14

bigfoot says...

And using whats left of the Youth Service to rearrange the deck chairs on the sinking ship!
And using whats left of the Youth Service to rearrange the deck chairs on the sinking ship! bigfoot

5:23pm Tue 28 Jan 14

benny07 says...

what about the antisocial behaviour ,of this labour controlled council ,prosicuting over 17.500 sick & vunerable people last year 2013, for being unable to pay council tax forced on them ,due to social reform ,& the same will happen this year to ad to there misery,,dragging them before wirral magistrates ,& having £ 65.00 court ordes put on there bills +£ 22.00 liability orders even before the were considerd for extra help by the council ,& now forced to go to the local goverment ombudsman for help,the council cant make money out of people who are deemed as vunerable to make there plight worse,THEY DO,,BUT THERE YOU HAVE IT ,YOU DO THE SUMS ,.& CLLRS STOP HAVING THIS INFORMATION TAKEN OFF THIS BLOG,BECAUSE ITS THE TRUTH,,!! SOMTHING TOTALLY ALIEN TO A LABOUR RUN COUNCIL & THERE CLLRS.NOTHING MORE DAMAGING THAN THE TRUTH.!!???
what about the antisocial behaviour ,of this labour controlled council ,prosicuting over 17.500 sick & vunerable people last year 2013, for being unable to pay council tax forced on them ,due to social reform ,& the same will happen this year to ad to there misery,,dragging them before wirral magistrates ,& having £ 65.00 court ordes put on there bills +£ 22.00 liability orders even before the were considerd for extra help by the council ,& now forced to go to the local goverment ombudsman for help,the council cant make money out of people who are deemed as vunerable to make there plight worse,THEY DO,,BUT THERE YOU HAVE IT ,YOU DO THE SUMS ,.& CLLRS STOP HAVING THIS INFORMATION TAKEN OFF THIS BLOG,BECAUSE ITS THE TRUTH,,!! SOMTHING TOTALLY ALIEN TO A LABOUR RUN COUNCIL & THERE CLLRS.NOTHING MORE DAMAGING THAN THE TRUTH.!!??? benny07

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