CURROR Street residents are once again being plagued by the anti-social behaviour of youngsters.
That is the claim of one homeowner, who says youths have returned to Knowepark Primary at night to batter footballs around the playground and cause nuisance.
And there were also reports of Free Running – a craze where people acrobatically jump or run over obstacles – by youngsters through gardens in the town.
David Firth told Monday’s Community Council meeting: “The residents in Curror Street want a sign for 12 years and over saying no ball games allowed. That is all we want.
“The place is locked up but they climb over the fence and into the playground. When you approach them they say they are just wanting to walk through the place. We as residents can see what is coming. They are slowly coming back.
“The police are as good as no good – we have no faith in them whatsoever.”
Mr Firth also criticised Scottish Borders Council’s education department for failing to help, and said approaches to Selkirkshire councillors Gordon Edgar and Michelle Ballantyne had not brought any resolution.
Community Council chairman Graham Easton, who remains on the board of youth project Rowland’s, said: “Selkirk has the highest number of youth calls for any Borders town. Police are aware of that.” Fellow Community Councillor Wilma Gunn did not believe Mr Firth’s appeal for a no ball sign would work.
She said: “We have (no ball game) signs at Halliday’s Park but one has been pulled out. They don’t pay any attention.”
Councillor Edgar replied: “I have not had any comment from Curror Street residents complaining about it.
“There was to be a (youth) summit with Councillor Ballantyne and Sergeant (Robbie) Noble but nothing has happened so far.”
Mr Firth previously approached Selkirk CC in November 2011, when he said the behaviour of youths had made the lives of Curror Street residents a “living hell”.
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