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Northgate residents forced to clean up ‘drug den alley’ right behind town hall



Residents who live on Northgate Road have been forced to take matters into their own hands after desperate pleas to the council have resulted in no action.

For the past three years, one resident in particular, Phil Smith, has been campaigning for help to his local councillor and at full council meetings.

The problem is with a dirt road and alley way that runs between the back of the houses on Northgate Road and the town hall.

In plain view of the councils own building and emerging next to their very own offices the alley is being used as a dumping ground and as a shelter for drug and alcohol use.

Phil Smith has spent years campaigning for help from the council to clean up the alley.

Mr Smith explains:

“The Council appear to ignore this town central area and have done for years , we are so fed up with the mess I have taken it on with three others to tidy up ourselves. Many youths use this area behind my house to hide items stolen from town shops, youths smoke, take drugs, and use needles. Knives, several hundred drink cans and bottles and rubbish generally which thrown in bushed area surrounding large tree.

Open blades are common place in the alley.

But despite Mr Smith and his neighbours cleaning up the area it doesn’t take more than a couple of days for the problem to re-emerge.

Exposed needles show just how dangerous an area it is just to walk through.

As Mr Smith showed us the alley we found needles, knife blades, drug packets, bongs, security tags and hundreds of alcohol cans littering the pathway, all easily accessible to people walking by and numerous trip hazards that could cause a person to fall on these dangerous items.

Remnants of tubes used as bongs can be seen littering the ground.

Mr Smith explained that the council had added a bin halfway along the road but it was doing nothing to solve the problem.

Hundreds of alcohol cans are strewn everywhere.

Another resident, who asked to remain anonymous, said that his home and many of his neighbours had been burgled several times over the past few years and the only response they had received from the police was that they would add more patrols.

He said:

“Why can’t they just seal off the alleyway?  It serves no purpose but to get to our own houses and we do not want it!  People climb up on our extensions and cause serious trouble, enough is enough.”

The residents have turned to MP Henry Smith who has already respondedhe will look into the matter but the frustration they are feeling is very evident.

Mr Smith added:

I will be forwarding a invoice to the council for three peoples labour.

A response from Crawley Council is pending.

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Britain’s Got Talent auditions come to Crawley

The ITV show is holding auditions at The Hawth this month.



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The hugely popular ITV show is holding auditions right here in Crawley at The Hawth and you can be a part of it.

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