Resident's fears over estate youths

A DARLINGTON woman has spoken out about living in fear of crime and vandalism from youths she says are “running riot” on her estate.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, has lived in St Paul’s Place, off North Road, for many years.

She said the area used to have only occasional incidents of anti-social behaviour, but has worsened in recent years.

Residents say problems started to worsen in 2010, after the former North Road Primary School was knocked down and a new one built further away from the estate.

A path was created, running down the side of St Paul’s Place from St Paul’s Terrace to Henry Street.

The woman said: “When the school was knocked down, all hell broke loose. Now we have crime. There are people breaking into cars and damaging vehicles.

“They run through, jump over the wall and use the path as an escape route, hiding in the bushes. This only started when the path was built. It needs to be stopped.

“We’re getting nowhere with the council. Nothing is getting done about it."

She says that the residents were under the impression that the council was going to put up a fence on top of the wall already there against the path, which would hamper the escaping youths.

A spokesman for Darlington Borough Council said that there were never any such plans.

Other problems include fly-tipping, theft, dog fouling and noise from motor bikes which regularly race down the path.

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6:15pm Sun 27 Jan 13

stevegg says...

“We’re getting nowhere with the council. Nothing is getting done about it." Theres a surprise; dont look to the council for any quick or mid term solutions as there wont be any, and dont think they will close that newly created rat run as they will quote endless regulations at you to instigate a closure. Save your energy for the police as It will only be only they who will try to do anything as they cant say no following a complaint, but that will also take a long time and there will be no instant fix, you will probably have to be prepared to go give at least a statement or go to court and theirs no guaruntee that will solve it as the offenders have all the rights on their side. To be honest, from personal experience, it would be quicker and a lot less hassle to move if you can.
“We’re getting nowhere with the council. Nothing is getting done about it." Theres a surprise; dont look to the council for any quick or mid term solutions as there wont be any, and dont think they will close that newly created rat run as they will quote endless regulations at you to instigate a closure. Save your energy for the police as It will only be only they who will try to do anything as they cant say no following a complaint, but that will also take a long time and there will be no instant fix, you will probably have to be prepared to go give at least a statement or go to court and theirs no guaruntee that will solve it as the offenders have all the rights on their side. To be honest, from personal experience, it would be quicker and a lot less hassle to move if you can. stevegg

9:42pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Homshaw1 says...

Yes my experience of complaining to the council is that it takes an average of 3 months and several reminders to get any sort of reply.

This will be followed by a dismissive response which offers no hope of any inprovement and is an insult to an average person's intelligence

If you try to complain about the quality of the response or the time it has taken you will be told to go away and stop bothering them

I know it's a sad state of affairs but if you can move
Yes my experience of complaining to the council is that it takes an average of 3 months and several reminders to get any sort of reply. This will be followed by a dismissive response which offers no hope of any inprovement and is an insult to an average person's intelligence If you try to complain about the quality of the response or the time it has taken you will be told to go away and stop bothering them I know it's a sad state of affairs but if you can move Homshaw1

11:12pm Sun 27 Jan 13

Daza says...

Welcome to David Camerons 'Big Society'

Lets face it, they say crime is down and fewer Anti Social Behaviour incidents reported.

Someone, somewhere is telling Porkies!
Welcome to David Camerons 'Big Society' Lets face it, they say crime is down and fewer Anti Social Behaviour incidents reported. Someone, somewhere is telling Porkies! Daza

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