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Destructive behaviour of young people having ‘detrimental’ affect on community

Protestors lined the road in Lurgan on Monday night

Residents in Lurgan have created a petition following a roadside protest on Monday over anti-social behaviour.

The protest group were demanding action be taken to resolve the ongoing issues at the Clendinnings site in the town.

Residents formed a line along the site at Victoria Street which has been plagued by anti-social behaviour in recent years.

Now, North Lurgan Community Association is creating have created the petition on behalf of the community.

A spokesperson for the association said: “The residents are tired of the anti-social behaviour in the old Clendinnings site, the destructive behaviour of the young people both from the area and also outside the area is having a detrimental affect on the people within the community.

“We are asking people to sign this petition as we want to send a clear message to the landowner that immediate action is required.

“We need the site cleared and secured or sold to the Council at a realistic price.

“We need action before there is serious injury or loss of life in this dilapidated building site.”

For over a decade there have attempts to tackle the growing trend of anti-social behaviour.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council wants to see a substantial development of the area at Victoria Street.

However, the owner of the site, Philip Bassett, says consistent anti-social behaviour was hampering plans to develop it.

“It makes the hair stand on the back of my neck to think people are not safe in their own homes,” he said.

“If we could get a genuine community response to deal with anti-social behaviour, I am keen to get the area developed.”

The petition can be viewed and signed here.

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