Maghera residents ‘unhappy’ at anti-social behaviour

MAGHERA residents are demanding action on anti-social behaviour near the town’s leisure centre.

The local District Council heard that householders from the Sunnyside Park area had complained about the on going level of thuggery at the council pitch beside the centre.

Andrew Cassells, director of operations, said following the recent spell of good weather bottles, beer cans and large amounts of litter were cleared from the pitch.

Mr Cassells said residents had rang the department to complain about the number of youths congregating around the top end of the site and indicated how unhappy they are that the situation is not being dealt with.

Sinn Fein Councillor Sean Kerr said anytime there is a spell of good weather “you are sure to receive a call” about anti social behaviour in that area of the town.

Councillor Kerr said the residents seemed to expect that the council will deal with the matter.

Meanwhile, further damage has been caused to the play park at Clady.

Members heard that a number of security panels at the park were damaged.

“Youths appear to want access to the play equipment after hours and come prepared with equipment to cut through the wire mesh panels,” said Mr Cassells.

Repairs have again been carried out by council workers to the perimeter fence at Riverside soccer pitch in Castledawson after vandals struck.

Similar repairs were carried out and reported to council last month following complaints from residents of the neighbouring Ashbourne estate.