Why a new play park has neighbours at their ‘wit’s end’

Lynwood Way play park
Lynwood Way play park

Residents are calling for a play park on a South Tyneside estate to be removed - less than a week after it was opened.

People living in and around Lynwood Way in Cleadon Park say they are at their “wits end” as a result of the park being opened.

They say it has only gone on to attract youths who are making their lives a misery with their anti-social ways and bad behaviour.

The park was built by Bellway Homes as part of the multi-million pound regeneration of the area.

One resident said: “It had been open three days, now myself and about 30 neighbours are at our wits end.

“We have witnessed anti-social behaviour, youths throwing rocks at cars and houses, running in the roads between moving cars. There is glass and litter all over the park.

“We as a community want this park removed, before it drags the area back to what it once was.”

Calls have already been made to the council and police. Community wardens have increased patrols in the area.

A South Tyneside Council spokesman said: “We have been made aware of residents’ concerns around anti-social behaviour in this area following the introduction of a new park built by Bellway Homes on the estate.

“We take such issues extremely seriously and will be working closely with our partners at South Tyneside Homes, Northumbria Police and Bellway to tackle the issues raised.

“In the short term, we have arranged for our community wardens to carry out regular patrols of the site while we look to find a solution to the problem.”

A Northumbria Police spokesman said: “We are looking into the concerns raised and are working closely with the council.”

No one was available for comment from Bellway Homes.