Bid to end misery of Bekeswell

Councillors hope to end the problems in Bekeswell Place by spending £3000 on a barrier against rowdies and new closed-circuit television cameras. Elderly people have protested over intimidation, vandalism, noise, litter and teenage sex around the Council-run accommodation. The new set-up aims to help protect 30 people including 19 frail residents. Councillor Janette Potter described it as Galleywood’s slum and criticised a Council clean up of the site by two van-loads of workers just two hours before a fact finding visit by the chief executive. Other measures valued at up to £70,000 have been put on hold. They include agreeing with the local GP new access arrangements for the surgery and talking to the Co-op about store redesign.