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Donington councillors call on South Holland Police to help tackle problems with yobs

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Yobs have been causing havoc in a village by trashing dens at a school and disrupting young footballers’ training sessions.

Members of Donington Parish Council are calling for greater police presence after a series of problems were reported in the village.

Coun Jane King reported that dens made by school pupils had been targeted by thugs who ‘trashed and set them on fire’.

Donington Market Place (57082325)
Donington Market Place (57082325)

Coun Lizzie Wray reported that Young Dons had experienced problems with youths, and called for a greater presence from the officers who patrol the village.

She said: “Could we not give them a shove and say ‘Give us a hand’.”

Coun Gill Lunn told the meeting that youths had also been doing wheelies around the Park Lane area, and feared that there will be an accident.

She said: “One day someone is going to hit them.”

After the meeting, we contacted Young Dons - who had reported problems with youths disrupting an open session for five to 11-year-olds on Monday last week.

They played loud, inappropriate music with swearing and abusive language at the club’s site, which is near the Community Centre.

Club secretary Vicky Morris said: “The session was open to five to 11-year-olds and most of them were on the younger side.

“I do know that on occasion they have caused damage to our club, so if they had somewhere to go that would be beneficial to everyone.”

l During the meeting, Coun Phil Lovell reported that officers in the Isle of Man use a cardboard cut-out to help reduce speeding.

The meeting also heard that four people have put their names forward to volunteer for community speed watch.

l Coun King shared her disappointment that MP Sir John Hayes has not commented on Loosegate Developments' planning application to build six homes on land off Maple Way.

Sir John has voiced calls for beauty to be considered by councils during deliberations on planning applications.

Coun King reported to Wednesday’s meeting that she had asked for the Maple Way application to be considered by the planning committee and that there had been ‘so many objections’.

She said: “John Hayes has been asked to comment on it but he hasn’t come back or done anything.”

l Trader Antoinette Young, who runs Antoinette’s Vintage, asked the council for an update on work to sort out out a tree in the Market Place.

l Clerk Diane Fairweather reported that renovations to the public toilets were going well and are hoped to reopen soon.

The council is now looking to employ someone to clean the toilets, as well as opening and locking the block.

l Members have agreed to purchase a bench to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee.

l Coun Lovell is calling for Donington to regain its market town status.

He has been researching when Donington became a village, but has hit a brick wall and is appealing for help.

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