REsidents living at a Doncaster caravan park are at the end of their tether over an alleyway which they claim is a ‘magnet’ for crime and anti-social behaviour.
They are pleading with Doncaster Council to block off the track which runs alongside the Lambeth Road site at Balby but officials say it too well-used to be closed.
Occupants of the mobile homes on site, who are mostly elderly, have been seeking the closure for five years.
During that time they have suffered numerous thefts from outside their homes and say they are plagued by vandalism, rubbish dumping, motorbikes being ridden along the alley and evidence of drug taking.
One resident, Elaine Jarvill, aged 60, who is being treated for breast cancer, said: “Most of it takes place at night. It’s bad in winter and then gets worse in the summer. We want to make this estate safe for elderly residents but this makes life hard for us.”
Mrs Jarvill was the latest crime victim when 10 of her solar-powered garden lights were stolen.
A neighbour chased after two boys he suspected of taking them but failed to catch them.
“If we could get this alley closed it would cut 90 per cent of the rubbish dumping and anti-social activity.
“The community police officer supported us but we’ve heard nothing for the past 12 months,” said Mrs Jarvill.
Gavin Baldwin, Doncaster Council’s assistant director of communities, said: “We have previously done a lot of work in the area including installing motorcycle barriers and investigating environmental complaints.
“It would be difficult to close the footpath as we would have to demonstrate that it is no longer needed for public use.
“It is very well used by the public.
“Members of the Safer Neighbourhood Team continue to work with the residents of the mobile home park to address their concerns.”