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PremierLeague-News.Com - Community leaders have issued a damning statement of living conditions in Wallacetown which they say is plagued by drug abuse and anti-social behaviour.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! An Ayrshire community is in turmoil with furious residents saying they have been forgotten. Wallacetown in Ayr has been plagued with problems for years with those who stay there calling for urgent action. Now community leaders have issued a damning statement of "harrowing" and "intolerable" living conditions, as they call for the flats, known locally as White City, to be flattened. Chair of Fort Seafield Wallacetown Community Council Norman McLean has called for urgent investment and resources to be ploughed into dealing with "chronic'' issues. It comes after we told of horror flats within the community, with residents at a block on MacAdam Square having to deal with horrendous scenes of drug use at their front door. But Norman has accused South Ayrshire Council of turning a blind eye to “rampant” drug abuse and anti-social behaviour. Read More Related Articles Violent crime unit launches in Ayrshire town aiming to tackle poverty-driven attacks The community councillor told Ayrshire Live: “It is reported in the national press that Wallacetown is one of the most deprived areas in Scotland. “Drug abuse and anti social behaviour are rampant and require a continuation of multi-service action as an immediate priority, prior to substantial investment being made in the entire area. The general environment created by poor maintenance and lack of investment makes the above behaviour inevitable. Community councillors are taking a stand (Image: Ayrshire Post) “The chronic issues appear to have been side-stepped by officials and the administration for years in that there has been no material improvement that is in any way apparent.” In February 2020, Wallacetown was regarded as the 22nd most deprived area in Scotland which was revealed by The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. Download the Ayrshire Live app today The Ayrshire Live app is available to download now. Get all the local news in your area – plus features, football news and the latest on the coronavirus crisis – at your fingertips 24/7. The free download features the latest breaking news and exclusive stories while you can customise your page with the sections that matter to you. The Ayrshire Live app is available to download now on iOS and Android. Norman, who has backed calls for Ayr’s High Flats to remain, wants to see the council turn their attention onto Wallacetown with the flats in “first class condition” by contrast. Read More Related Articles Anti-Covid graffitied caravan owned by election candidate torched to ground on A77 in Ayr Norman feels council chiefs should prioritise Wallacetown to ensure it is liveable for tenants. He added: “The council should use the same zeal to address the Wallacetown issues. This misdirection of resources must be challenged as it cannot be right.” Resident of Wallacetown and community councillor Alison Logan stays in a block of flats on MacAdam Place.
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She said: “This is the town centre and it's the most ignored place in Ayr, it is crying out for proper facilities, simple things like places to dry your clothes, or proper waste disposal facilities. “Unless the council spends a hell of a lot of money on it, these problems will never be resolved.
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Drug abuse has been described as "rampant" by community leaders
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“I don’t have a buzzer to my flat, so many of us don’t have that basic thing. “The doors aren’t secured so if someone feels like getting in they just have to bang the door open.
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“I’ve had all my plants stolen from outside my front door, bikes from other closes have been stolen. It’s a regular thing here.” Mum-of-two, Denise Sommerville believes the only solution would be to rip up the flats and start afresh as she is sick of the White City reputation that drags people down.
Councillor Laura Brennan-Whitefield has urged residents to report issues to the council
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Also a community councillor, Denise, who has a two-year-old and 18-year-old son, has told of the struggle of bringing kids up in an area with high incidences of crime. Denise, 36, said: “They should knock down Wallacetown and start again. “There is such a mix of people who are just hard working or trying to bring up their kids who have to live with drug users and people with severe issues.
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“We have had people come in to our close looking to buy valium, a guy one time made a gun shape with his hand and put it against my head. “People are living scared here, even when my son goes to the shop my heart goes like a hammer because you are worried what might happen.” Two SNP councillors who won an award for improving Wallacetown last year say there is work going on to deal with problems in the troubled area. Ayr West councillor Siobhian Brown says she is “acutely aware” of problems and both she and Ayr North’s Laura Brennan-Whitefield has pointed to the work of Violence Reduction Unit (SVRU) in Wallacetown.
Councillor Siobhian Brown is "acutely" aware of problems in Wallacetown
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Ms Brown has pointed to progress being made through the formation of the Wallacetown Action Group which was set up by Ms Brennan-Whitefield. This led to more representation for residents of Wallacetown and Ms Brown cited that a £240,000 investment has been pledged to upgrade playpark facilities. Ms Brown said: “As a councillor, I am acutely aware of the issues and challenges in Wallacetown and there is a lot of work going on in the background to address these issues. Ms Brennan-Whitefield added: “I would urge anyone who is having issues with secure entries and drug misuse to report these matters to the council.” A spokesperson for South Ayrshire Council said: "A multi-agency approach is required to tackle issues such as crime, healthcare and housing and we are actively working with our partners to address these problems."
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