New measures to tackle disorder

New police signs are going up inside the Curlew Centre, Sutton Bridge, where a row has erupted 'between trustees and parish councillors over toilet opening times.
New police signs are going up inside the Curlew Centre, Sutton Bridge, where a row has erupted 'between trustees and parish councillors over toilet opening times.

A range of new measures are being brought in to tackle anti-social behaviour in Sutton Bridge after residents’ complaints.

Police and parish councillors are teaming up to crack down on groups of drivers playing loud music outside homes in East Bank, people sleeping rough in the Bridge Hotel and flytipping near Memorial Park.

There have also been complaints about vandalism outside St Matthew’s Church and police are trying to trace suspects who threw paint on Memorial Park car park on June 15.

New signs saying “Crime and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated” are to be put on the car park, East Bank and the churchyard, while police are to step up patrols along East Bank and Bridge Road to stop lorries parking outside the hotel during rest breaks.

A Lincolnshire Police spokeswoman said: “Cars have been gathering on East Bank and a notice has been put up where they park to say that police are doing passing attention in the area.

“The Bridge Hotel is also checked and it looks as though people have been sleeping in there, so the sellers have been notified of this.”

Police signs are also going up inside the Curlew Centre where a row has broken out between managers and parish councillors over the use of toilets.

The council has written to trustees asking them to open men’s, women’s and disabled toilets for users after complaints that only the disabled toilets were open during some sessions.

But Alan Barber, chairman of Sutton Bridge Community Centre Fund, said: “Our toilets are always open when there are users in the building, except for a children’s dance class where we were asked to close the toilets for safety reasons.

“If we get a request not to have them open to avoid any potential trouble, then we’ll do that.”

But Coun Vicky Hills said: “The toilets should be open when functions are on.”