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MP backs residents “under siege” in Inkersall

MP backs residents “under siege” in Inkersall

Furious residents on Ashover Road have raised a 100 strong petition to present to Chesterfield Borough Council expressing their concerns about the new children’s play area opposite dozens of homes. Chesterfield Member of Parliament, Toby Perkins, met with concerned residents, including many senior citizens, and will be presenting the petition calling for tougher policing and an end to anti social and damage to property.

Since the building of the Ashover Road children’s play area several homes and cars along Ashover Road and Froggatt Close have been vandalized. Residents have been threatened when walking their pets at night, and calls to the police from this area of Inkersall have multiplied. The petition was handed to Mr. Perkins at a meeting of local residents, who explained to their MP the dangers brought to the area by the play area. Mr. Perkins and the campaigners have called for CCTV and lighting facilities at the park.

Chesterfield MP, Mr. Perkins said:-

The long list of signatures on the petition shows the concern of local people about the play area on Ashover Road and the anti social behavior of many of those who come to that area, especially after dark. Many elderly residents have told me they feel ‘under siege’ by youngsters damaging property and drinking heavily. The Council must do more to ensure that play areas do not become hotspots for thugs and vandals”.

Mr. Galligan, who started the 100 strong petition, added:-

“This play area has caused deep concern to the residents of Ashover Road. We have had to put up with anti social behavior and damage to our properties, not to mention the activities of some of the youngsters after dark”

Message posted on this website by Lib Dem Councillor, Mick Bagshaw

Mr Perkins,
Can I say how disappointed to see such negative comments that has done nothing but down cry Inkersall and the majority of its residents. A lot of hard work has gone into this scheme, including your own party members such as Shirley flint. I think you owe it to her at least, but certainly to the majority of residents and the Multi Agency Team to apologise for such harmful comment.

Response by Toby Perkins MP

I will never apologise for standing up for law abiding residents who have been victims of intimidation and criminal damage along both Ashover Road and Froggatt Close. Dozens of people living along those roads have contacted me through a petition to highlight the new and exacerbated problems they face on a daily basis due to a troublesome minority using their street as a thoroughfare. I agree with you that the park is a great asset to Inkersall during the day, but more safety measures are needed to ensure that it isn’t mis-used in the evenings and weekends. CCTV would be hugely beneficial, as would moving the entrance further down Inkersall Green Road.

I will let the 100 residents who signed a petition calling for more security know that you think they are wrong to ask for this. This is not a party issue. This is about ensuring that the park is a place where parents, children and teenagers can go to have fun and where residents can live without fear for themselves or their property. I would like to congratulate those responsible for the development. I would, however, be failing as the Member of Parliament for Chesterfield if I did not raise the concerns of so many Inkersall people who feel that not enough has been done to balance the admirable intentions of child play provision with public safety.

3 Responses to “MP backs residents “under siege” in Inkersall”

  1. We live a bungalow facing the park (not Ashover Rd)
    We agree that there have been some late night revellers on the park
    but this would happen if the play area was not there.
    We have the anti social behaviour on the field at the other end to the play area.
    The play area is used often by families and children unsupervised in daylight hours with no problems, that we are aware of.
    To say the play area is the trouble spot is a load of rubbish.
    Yet again the minority are spoiling an area that has been provided for children and families.
    Plans for this play area were submitted and approved well before the area was built, also consultations with residents. Surely all concerned could have seen the plans and voiced opinions if they didn’t agree. Children need this play area as in other villagers.
    They need to play safe.
    Yes the police may need to patrol more.

  2. Mick Bagshaw says:

    Mr Perkins,
    Can I say how disappointed to see such negative comments that has done nothing but down cry Inkersall and the majority of its residents. A lot of hard work has gone into this scheme, including your own party members such as Shirley flint. I think you owe it to her at least, but certainly to the majority of residents and the Multi Agency Team to apologise for such harmful comments.

  3. Toby Perkins says:

    Mick,

    Thank you for your post.

    I will never apologise for standing up for law abiding residents who have been victims of intimidation and criminal damage along both Ashover Road and Froggatt Close. Dozens of people living along those roads have contacted me through a petition to highlight the new and exacerbated problems they face on a daily basis due to a troublesome minority using their street as a thoroughfare. I agree with you that the park is a great asset to Inkersall during the day, but more safety measures are needed to ensure that it isn’t mis-used in the evenings and weekends. CCTV would be hugely beneficial, as would moving the entrance further down Inkersall Green Road.

    I will let the 100 residents who signed a petition calling for more security know that you think they are wrong to ask for this. This is not a party issue. This is about ensuring that the park is a place where parents, children and teenagers can go to have fun and where residents can live without fear for themselves or their property. I would like to congratulate those responsible for the development. I would, however, be failing as the Member of Parliament for Chesterfield if I did not raise the concerns of so many Inkersall people who feel that not enough has been done to balance the admirable intentions of child play provision with public safety.

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