Following complaints by residents on Ashton Heath about anti social behaviour on the Heath myself and Cllr Bill Clark did a street surgery on Saturday to listen to what the residents had to say. The day before our surgery we leafleted every householder advising them to phone 101 if they witnessed any anti-social behaviour.
During our visit we found that residents had used the 101 number which had massively raised the profile of the area with the police and there been more police presence the night before. As a result of talking with residents we have done the following:
1. Arranged a meeting with the police today
2. Contacted Wigan Council to liaise with the police to combat this problem in the future
3. Asked the local PCSOs to visit local schools to talk to certain students suspected of being involved with the incidents
4. Asked the Council to make good the damage to trees caused by some of the youths.
Local residents told us that they were not concerned with young people being on the Heath. It was the aggressive behaviour of some of them and the damage to the Heath which they care for so much that concerned them and that required police presence.