Minority are ‘spoiling’ McLaren Court

ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour by a small minority at McLaren Court is spoiling a good neighbourhood.

That was the verdict from local councillor Stuart Marshall at a meeting of Burnfoot Community Council on Tuesday night.

In his submitted police report, PC Steven Sutherland revealed there had been “numerous” calls to the vicinity throughout May.

He said: “Certain householders are allowing their houses to be used as party houses most weekends.”

Meetings have been held with residents and Councillor Marshall and monitoring forms handed out to those affected by the nuisance.

He said: “Holding residents meetings is something we very rarely do, but because things were getting out of hand, this was arranged and we explained what we were trying to do.

“It’s just a couple of individuals who are spoiling what is a really nice neighbourhood.”

PC Sutherland revealed he had also carried out visits to the “problem houses”.

He added: “The occupiers have been made aware of the problems and distress they are causing the other residents in McLaren Court.”

However, Councillor Marshall admitted the issue wasn’t just restricted to McLaren Court and was a common feature at various locations throughout the town.

He said: “This isn’t unique to McLaren Court. Sadly I’m dealing with problems like this on a regular basis in other parts of my ward as well.”

At Tuesday night’s meeting, community councillors heard that crime in Burnfoot for the month of May was down 33 per cent on the same period last year.

There had been five instances of vandalism compared to six last year; five thefts (3); five assaults (9) and nine youth calls (11). PC Sutherland reported, however, that there had been a recent trend of milk thefts in the McLagan Drive, Hillend Drive areas of the estate and said enquiries were ongoing.