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Gate option suggested for Spalding alleyway rife with drugs and booze

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A fed-up resident wants to see an alleyway behind his home closed off in order to clamp down on a drug hotspot.

James Powell has often seen addicts preparing to shoot up heroin and found used syringes discarded in the alleyway, which runs behind Willow Walk in Spalding.

He is now calling for this path to be closed in order to stop the behaviour from happening.

James Powell is calling for this alleyway to be closed
James Powell is calling for this alleyway to be closed

Mr Powell, who moved back to the Spalding area last year, said: “I have caught people standing there and getting ready to inject themselves. Quite often during the night we get people out there smoking marijuana.

“That alleyway is pretty horrendous.

“It is 200-300m long with three houses backing onto it and I would like to see it blocked off.

“It would stop a lot of anti-social behaviour. Every night I have people outside my home smoking weed.”

Mr Powell said the alleyway, which is a cut through to Albert Street, is hidden and that there are also other problems.

He said: “We see no end of alcohol bottles and people urinate and spit.”

A South Holland District Council spokesman said: “We are aware of some of the issues raised by residents living near Willow Walk and, as a consequence, have increased our community warden presence in the area.

“We would encourage residents to contact us direct to open a dialogue about whether a gated option is viable.

“We have had some recent reports of discarded needles and would welcome that open dialogue with residents and our partners to see what can be done so people in that area feel safe.”

Mr Powell has also raised concerns about the state of the Castle Sports Complex Field after picking up broken glass from the bike track earlier this week.

He found broken bottles of alcopops while walking his dog.

Mr Powell said: “It was overflowing with rubbish and bottles. Small children on their bikes use the field.”

A council spokesman said: “As a council, we litter pick at the Castle playing field six days a week in a bid to keep it tidy and safe for those who want to use the facility responsibly.

“We did have reports last weekend of broken bottles being left strewn across the running track and whilst this thankfully isn’t a regular occurrence, we do have our community wardens who regularly visit that area as part of their patrols.

“We would like to thank the individual concerned who cleared up the broken glass and reiterate that the playing fields are a public space for everyone to enjoy.

“If anyone does witness any anti-social behaviour at the site, or indeed anywhere in the district, please report it to us so we can take the necessary actions available to us.”

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