Lydiate Labour Action Team tackles reports of antisocial behavio

Steve Kermode



Lydiate Labour Action Team has been looking into reports of anti-social behaviour in a normally quiet residential street.

Residents in Haigh Crescent contacted the Labour Action Team calling for the narrow pathway from the crescent through to Liverpool Road to be closed because of gangs of youths gathering and causing disturbance.

Lydiate Labour Action Team canvassed the opinions of local residents.

Lydiate Labour Action Team leader and Maghull Town Councillor Steve Kermode said: "Some of the residents we have spoken to about this are very anxious about the issue. They tell us the problem of unruly young people gathering near the pathway is causing a real nuisance for local residents and for passers-by.

"A number of people with youngsters say their children are too scared to play out in the street because of the gangs.

"So we are working with Sefton Council and Maghull Neighbourhood Police to get the issue resolved."

One of the potential solutions backed by locals during the Labour Action Team canvas is blocking off the pathway.

Cllr Kermode said: "People are suggesting that blocking the pathway would help resolve the problem, but we need to make sure that that is exactly what the local people want.

"There's lots of overgrown nettles and weeds blocking much of the pathway at the moment meaning anyone pushing a buggy down the path wouldn't be able to get through. And this is obviously another issue.

"But primarily, it is clearly unacceptable for people to be living in fear because of gangs hanging around our communities causing disturbance.

"We need to make sure that this doesn't get any worse. We've seen across the country what can happen if gangs of youth aren't tackled.

"We also need to work on looking at putting these young people in touch with other forms of activity to stop them becoming a nuisance. There's still youth centre provision in Maghull and Lydiate which Maghull Town Council supports which young people can go to.

"So we will continue to work with the police and the council to come up with a solution to any anti-social behaviour on our streets in Maghull and Lydiate and the whole of East Sefton."

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