Alleygate call on troubled estate following Brierfield man's death

TOO MANY ALLEYS Standen Hall estate

TOO MANY ALLEYS Standen Hall estate

First published in Briercliffe Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by

RESIDENTS of an estate where a Brierfield man was killed are calling for more help in tackling anti-social behaviour.

People living on the Standen Hall estate, that borders Burnley and Briercliffe, said youths were coming on to the estate and causing anti-social behaviour.

They said that the number of footpaths, alleyways and shortcuts that link the estate to Burnley, Briercliffe and Harle Syke made it easy for troublemakers to get away.

A number of residents attended the last Briercliffe Parish Council meeting and called for a greater police presence on the estate, as well as the consideration of alleygates being erected to cut off shortcuts.

Coun Roger Frost, who sits on the parish council, said: “It sounds like the residents are having quite a tough time of things, with a catalogue of problems with youths vandalising cars and smashing windows.

“The problem seems to be that the number of footpaths around the estate makes it an easy target, it doesn’t seem to be youngsters who live on the estate causing problems.”

Coun Frost added: “A number of solutions were mentioned, including alleygating which would close off alleys, which was going to be mentioned to Burnley Council.

“But I’m not sure whether that would work as it usually back streets that are gated off, not shortcuts and footpaths.

“They also wanted to see a greater police presence on the estate, and more working between PCSOs from that area and neighbouring wards such as Lanehead.”

Brierfield resident Darren Atkinson, 48, died in hospital nearly two weeks after being attacked while walking along Standen Hall Drive on March 25.

Two boys, aged 16 and 17, have been charged with manslaughter by police over the incident.

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11:43am Thu 28 Apr 11

Ian_G says...

I once had a problem with a youth setting fires to my property in this area.

When confronted and told that his parents would be charged for any damage he ran off.

Minutes later he turned up with his thug of a father to have a go at me for challenging his son!

When you're up against that kind of attitude, there is very little that can be done.
I once had a problem with a youth setting fires to my property in this area. When confronted and told that his parents would be charged for any damage he ran off. Minutes later he turned up with his thug of a father to have a go at me for challenging his son! When you're up against that kind of attitude, there is very little that can be done. Ian_G
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11:54am Thu 28 Apr 11

HellsBells89 says...

Like said in the report the majority of incidents in the area are not caused by people living there but mainly from the surrounding areas.

I think one of the major reasons there is such a level of anti social behaviour is because there is absolutley nothing for youths to do in the area.

I have lived in Harle Syke my whole life and when i was younger there was never anywhere to play football or cricket, which most youths want to do. There are no parks anymore.

I used to play football on the grass area of the park on standen hall drive and the park rangers used to make us move and eventually put large rocks all across the area so we could not play.

The way i see it is all the money put towards these projects in the town are given to other areas such as the danes house area. And more upmarket areas such as this cul-de-sac is left with nothing.

I know it was previously talked about turning the nearest field into a large open area for kids to play football etc and everyone i knew was willing to help clean up the feild and cut it down, the community police were trying to help this but i dont think anything came of it in the end.

However i do think closing some of the ginnells would be a good idea as from standen hall drive there are footpaths on to saxifeld st, oaken bank, Burnsall Close, and all up into grassinton, and on to the fields.

Something has to stop as this is going to far and over the years its just got worse and worse.
Like said in the report the majority of incidents in the area are not caused by people living there but mainly from the surrounding areas. I think one of the major reasons there is such a level of anti social behaviour is because there is absolutley nothing for youths to do in the area. I have lived in Harle Syke my whole life and when i was younger there was never anywhere to play football or cricket, which most youths want to do. There are no parks anymore. I used to play football on the grass area of the park on standen hall drive and the park rangers used to make us move and eventually put large rocks all across the area so we could not play. The way i see it is all the money put towards these projects in the town are given to other areas such as the danes house area. And more upmarket areas such as this cul-de-sac is left with nothing. I know it was previously talked about turning the nearest field into a large open area for kids to play football etc and everyone i knew was willing to help clean up the feild and cut it down, the community police were trying to help this but i dont think anything came of it in the end. However i do think closing some of the ginnells would be a good idea as from standen hall drive there are footpaths on to saxifeld st, oaken bank, Burnsall Close, and all up into grassinton, and on to the fields. Something has to stop as this is going to far and over the years its just got worse and worse. HellsBells89
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