The Humble Petition of the residents of Irchester ward and surrounding area.
Sheweth that the village of Irchester is suffering from anti-social behaviour from groups of youths, causing grave concern to the law abiding citizens of Irchester. They recognise the significant efforts of both Parish and Borough Councillors to solve the problem. However they believe the proposed location of the skate park and graffiti board on the village green is wholly inappropriate.
Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your Honourable House urges the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to liaise with the Borough of Wellingborough Council, Irchester Parish Council, Northamptonshire County Council and Northamptonshire
Police to 1) relocate the proposed skate park and graffiti board to a more appropriate location and 2) draw up a plan to eradicate the anti-social behaviour.
And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray, &c. [Presented by Mr. Peter Bone , Official Report, 24 April 2008; Vol. 474, c. 1572.] [P000176]
Observations from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government :
The Secretary of State acknowledges the concerns of the petitioners regarding the proposal for a skate park and graffiti board in Irchester.
The Secretary of State understands that due to process delays and consultation issues the funding deadline for the proposed skate park and graffiti board has not been met and that alternative proposals for a future project are now being considered.
The Secretary of State also understands that action has been taken to address recent occurrences of antisocial behaviour in the Irchester ward and surrounding area resulting in a reduction in the number of incidents notified. The Borough Council of Wellingborough is working together with the Northamptonshire police and the parish council to develop a future project to provide diversionary activity for young people which is agreeable to all parties.