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Anti social behaviour hits a brick wall in one part of Maesteg

Students bricking up the garage

Anti social behaviour has literally been stopped in its tracks in one area of Maesteg.

An initiative to brick-up a garage which became a makeshift shelter where individuals – often under the age of 18 - drank alcohol and are rumoured to have been using drugs, has proved a success.

Pc Julie Banks (far left); Huw Iranca-Davies MP (middle) with students from the Construction Skills Training Centre.

For months, residents living near a lane that runs between Treharne Road and Caerau Road were plagued by anti-social behaviour and living in fear of what they believed was going on in the lane.

But anti-social behaviour and crime dropped after the Bridgend Community Safety Partnership, led by Pcso Julie Banks, teamed up with local residents and the nearby Construction Skills Training Centre in Nantyffyllon.

Pcso Julie Banks, said: “Today, the area is pretty quiet, but it wasn’t long ago that the lane was blighted with scorch marks from small fires, and strewn with glass bottles and drug paraphernalia. The criminality was spilling out of the lane, directly affecting people living in the area, with some damage caused to nearby property and houses.

“The garage was boarded-up twice, but the boards were pulled down and the problem persisted. Despite regular patrols in and around the lane, trouble flared up when we were not there, so a more permanent solution had to be found.”

The Garage

The decision was made to block-up the empty garage space, and with the help of nearby builders merchants, Travis Perkins, which provided all the raw materials, students from the construction training centre used their new-found skills to block access to the garage.

Young students at the centre headed for the lane with their tools, and they took on the project which became part of their development programme. It took them three weeks to complete and the ingenious solution saw the problems virtually disappear overnight. Local residents have since told officers how it seems so much quieter in the area.

Pcso Banks added: “This was a great community initiative and I feel proud to have been part of it. It is proof that we do listen to the community’s needs, and will continue to work on solutions that will tackle the root cause of community problems.”

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