A once serene location in Chesterfield has been locked up after it became a hotspot for yobbish behaviour and drug abuse, the Derbyshire Times can today reveal.
Members of the public are no longer able to access the Chesterfield Borough Council-run Garden of Fragrance near the town hall.
Councillor Chris Ludlow, the borough council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said this morning: “The garden on Rose Hill had unfortunately become a hotspot for anti-social behaviour – we believe due to illegal drug taking.
“The decision was not taken lightly but the garden was suffering repeated damage which we had to put right using money raised in council tax.
“We do not enjoy closing off our green spaces, which we know give pleasure to our residents and visitors.
“We will continue to review the decision and will open the garden again when we are satisfied it will be safe to do so,” she added.
The news comes amid a spike in concerns about anti-social behaviour in that area of the town.
As reported by the Derbyshire Times, Chesterfield war memorial was damaged on three separate occassions last month.
The borough council used several hundred pounds of taxpayers’ money to remove graffiti painted on the memorial in front of the town hall – only for it to be defaced again.
John Burrows, leader of the borough council, expressed his ‘extreme disappointment’ and added: “This is pure vandalism and an absolute insult to the fallen of Chesterfield.
“Not only is it very disrespectful, it is also a waste of council taxpayers’ money to clean.”
And as we revealed in March, a well-known Chesterfield sculpture was fenced off amid crime concerns.
Poise, which is located behind the post office building at Future Walk, is now surrounded by security fences to protect it from potential vandalism.
Angela Connor, who designed the sculpture, called for the fencing to be installed.
Residents have also expressed concern about drink and drug-fuelled anti-social behaviour on New Beetwell Street and in the grounds of the old magistrates’ court between Rose Hill and West Bars.