Groups have been gathering near a car park in Forsbrook, leaving evidence of drug and alcohol use. Police have been informed and Forsbrook Parish Council are calling for further measures to discourage people from gathering in the area.
Groups have been gathering near a car park in Forsbrook, leaving evidence of drug and alcohol use.
Police have been informed and Forsbrook Parish Council are calling for further measures to discourage people from gathering in the area.
The hedge around the car park has recently been trimmed, but bushes could be cut back further in a bid to expose anyone gathering near the car park.
The issue of people gathering to use alcohol and drugs was raised at a meeting of Forsbrook Parish Council on Monday (March 15).
Chair of the council, Peter Jones, said: “I walked around the car park and the hedge has been cut, but it hasn’t stopped anybody.
“There was a hell of a mountain of beer bottles, wine bottles and hippy gas canisters.
“Two days later, I went round again and again removed beer bottles and wine bottles.
“They are still congregating there with bottles and drugs and everything else.”
The police have been notified and the parish council have been working with ward member for Forsbrook at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, cllr Tony Holmes, who arranged for hedges around the car park to be trimmed back in a bid to reduce hiding places for people gathering there.
However, gaps in the hedge lead through to a space next to an access road which is fenced off and not overlooked.
Cllr Jones added: “If you go through those gaps you can see where they are gathering behind the bushes.”
Cllr Holmes agreed to request further cutting back of bushes in the area and to replace the current streetlight with an LED light which would make the area much brighter and therefore more difficult for people to be there unobserved.
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