Fears that improvements to Haverhill’s Recreation Ground could lead to a spike in anti social behaviour have been dashed by police.
St Edmundsbury Council plans to spend £70,000 enhancing the Camps Road park, with plans on put on view for local feedback as part of a consultation last month.
One worried resident, from Chainey Pieces, has written to fellow neighbours in the area airing her concerns about the proposed investment.
“I’m sure we are all happy that children in the area have a safe and fun place to play, but I have concerns about the proposal to install a zip wire at the top end of the playground,” wrote Lyn Faichnev.
“A zip wire is incredibly noisy, it crashes loudly as it starts and finishes, and makes a loud whooshing noise while being used.
“Not only will it be used during daylight hours, but it is bound to attract teenagers and older people once it gets dark – and even more worrying, when the pubs and clubs turn out.
“I don’t think we need any more screaming, litter, damage to cars or unacceptably loud noise from drinkers throughout the night on and around the rec on warm or not so warm nights.”
She continued: “If like me you would prefer not to have a zip wire in the new playground please make your views known.”
She concluded: “To my knowledge there are already two of these zip wires in Haverhill and both have been put well away from residential areas.”
However, Insp Peter Ferrie said people need not be worried by the proposals.
“If they want to spend money on that park I think it’s absolutely fantastic for the kids of Haverhill,” he said.
“I have no worries about drunken antics on that park and if there is we will go and deal with it as we would if it was the High Street, Queen Street or anywhere else.”
Dealing with illegal drug taking in public places, specifically Castle Walk and the Recreation Ground, is a current priority for Haverhill Police’s Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT).
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