Youths on Cycles Cause Concern


I HAVE HAD Wednesfield North Ward Residents contact me about the recent problems of youths on cycles creating a nuisance down at Bentley Bridge, and causing concern for the less mobile of us.

People with disabilities, parents with buggies and push chairs. All have been very concerned about large gangs of youths on cycles doing wheelies etc in crowded pedestrian areas of the Shopping Park. I have also had a complaint about drug paraphernalia being found in the Disabilities toilet.

I have been critical of this situation around Bentley Bridge Retail Park – I have therefore contacted the management team leading the Park – and here is what they have told me this morning.

Management is aware of the issue of youths cycling in groups in and around the Park. The Management wants to reassure its customers that the on-site security presence is working with the local Police to try and prevent this from happening. The issue of drugs paraphernalia was not known and is now being looked into; the toilets are checked every two hours so surveillance is high.
Hopefully with the action being taken and the Schools opening for a new term. The concerns will dissipate, and these young people will return to being sensible and acting without causing the concerns they have.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more