Stroud Town Council is combining forces with the police and community bodies to rein in anti-social behaviour.
Bank Gardens and Park Gardens, two of the town’s most important green spaces – have become hot spots for anti-social behaviour.
It is particularly worse on Fridays and Saturdays when large numbers of young people use the parks to drink.
There have been reports of them shouting abuse and acting in a threatening manner to members of the public and the town council’s Green Spaces team.
On July 4, the Green Spaces team had to dispose of almost 100 nitrous oxide canisters (laughing gas) found around the memorial shelter in Park Gardens.
The Town Council will seek to liaise with the police, housing officers, youth workers, PCSOs and Neighbourhood Wardens to tackle the issue before it escalates.
“There is a concern that some of these young people causing the problems may be vulnerable and we want to work with organisations who can help us be pro-active and resolve this problem,” said Councillor Rob Green, Chair of the Green Spaces committee.
“While we want to help these young people we must also ensure that they are not spoiling these parks which are the green gems of our town.”
One of the floral displays in Park Gardens has had to be replanted twice due to vandals.
The Town Council is encouraging members of the public to report any incidents to the police by calling 101 or emailing [email protected].
“The Town Council needs the community to help report these incidents so that we can ensure something is done. We want everyone in the community to be able to enjoy these spaces,” said Councillor Green.