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Action to be taken against Royal Court yobs
ACTION will be taken by housing association and council bosses to crack down on vandalism and antisocial behaviour on a Laindon estate.
Residents claim the Royal Court estate has become a nightmare once again, despite undergoing a £17million transformation to rid it of crime.
The notorious tower blocks were knocked down two years ago and replaced with new homes, a community centre and park as part of a joint project between Basildon Council and housing association Family Mosaic.
The two organisations are now set to unite again after residents revealed to them at a community event last weekend up to 30 youths congregate in the park at night.
The yobs allegedly shout abuse at passers-by, leave litter scattered around, pull up trees, climb on top of buildings and destroy equipment.
John Dornan, Tory councillor for Laindon Park ward, said: “One of the driving forces of replacing Royal Court was the antisocial behaviour.
“It was not just because the tower blocks were past their sell by date, but because it was absolute misery for the people who lived there.
“I’m absolutely gobsmacked the problems have started again.
“The council will put every resource possible into stopping it because it’s just not acceptable.
“We have spent a lot of money on that estate and there is no way we will tolerate this behaviour from a few mindless idiots.”
Family Mosaic bosses have promised to work closely with Basildon Council and the Laindon Park neighbourhood policing team to take action against vandals and trouble makers. It is not yet known what steps will be taken, but putting up CCTV cameras at the park are believed to be an option.
Joanna Birch, Family Mosaic spokeswoman, said: “We are in the process of drawing up a plan to tackle the vandalism and antisocial behaviour issues which residents have raised with us.
“We are very concerned and are working closely with the neighbourhood policing team.
We want residents to know we are taking action.”
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