Meeting on public disorder

FRASERBURGH FUNERAL DIRECTOR PAUL DEANS WITH BOARDED UP WINDOWS AFTER VANDALS STRUCK FOR A SECOND TIME AT THE WEEKEND.. (THOMSON/BROWN)
FRASERBURGH FUNERAL DIRECTOR PAUL DEANS WITH BOARDED UP WINDOWS AFTER VANDALS STRUCK FOR A SECOND TIME AT THE WEEKEND.. (THOMSON/BROWN)

A meeting was held at College Bounds on Monday night to discuss public disorder in the area.

Many residents have complained of vandals, anti-social behaviour and speeding drivers around the area and want something done about the disturbance it is causing.

Paul Deans of Fraserburgh Funeral Services, who has had his business attacked by vandals twice in the last few months, invited neighbours, councillors and police to come together to discuss the issues.

He said: “We had over 30 people show up which is great. We discussed setting up a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme soon which everyone was on board with.

“CCTV is another system that many of the residents want in the area. Everyone was in agreement that they thought this would reduce and deter crime. But it is a long road and CCTV is expensive so we aren’t looking for miracles over night.

“Many residents also want to see more police numbers patrolling in the area.”

Councillor Ian Tait, who was present at the meeting, said: “Residents told of cars speeding past in the street late at night while others on foot were shouting, urinating and drinking in public.

“They had reported these offences to the police but they said the police never showed up to catch the offenders. Yet the police representative at the meeting said the police were aware of the problems in the area. One resident said she had phoned the police and was told that they could come and deal with the offender but she should be aware that she could suffer repercussions from the offender.

“Many residents complained that the police were discriminating against local people and treating immigrant people more leniently.”

Councillor Brian Topping who was also present said: “The anti-social behaviour in this area is a problem brought up often by constituents. It was shocking what vandals did to Mr Deans Funeral business.

“It was clear at the meeting that there was strong support for CCTV in the area. They were all in agreement that the current CCTV in the town is the best thing to have happened in the area and constituents believe this would be the best deterrent of the anti-social behaviour problem.

“Mr Deans himself is thinking about installing private CCTV for his business therefore he certainly sees the value of CCTV.”

Mr Deans added:

“We are just looking for the best way for members of the community to feel safe in their own home. Neighbourhood watch can only take you so far but every small step is a step forward. We do hope eventually to get CCTV and more policing in the area.”

A further anti-social behaviour meeting will be held later