Police call for Bellshill play park to be moved

POLICE in Bellshill would be keen to see the play park in Milnwood Park moved to avoid an increase in anti-social behaviour.

Last week the Speaker told how local resident Kirsty Connell had started a petition to save the £37,000 facility from closure following complaints from other residents.

North Lanarkshire Council are currently collating the results of a survey seeking views on its future, but in the meantime community officer Alan Mulholland admits to having concerns about its future.

He said: “We weren’t asked our views on the location of the play park, but had we been we would have said we felt it was inappropriate.

“We have worked hard to move on the gangs of youths from hanging about the park drinking and all this has done is provide them with somewhere to sit.

“That’s not to say we have seen an immediate increase in anti-social behaviour since the play park was installed, but there is the potential for it to return.”

Mossend and Holytown councillor Paul Delaney has become the latest politician to condemn the council for not talking to the public about the scheme.

He said: “I have received numerous complaints from constituents about the siting of this play park as they fear it will mean an increase in anti-social behaviour.”

The Speaker understands the council is planning a meeting with councillors, the police and residents later in the month to discuss the matter.

Full story in August 4 edition of Bellshill Speaker