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Health chiefs pledge to tackle anti-social behaviour near mental health facility


HEALTH chiefs have pledged to work with local residents, police the local authority and elected representatives following concerns surrounding anti-social behaviour near a mental health service facility supporting young people.

Warrington North MP Helen Jones joined Police & Crime Commissioner David Keane and parish councillor Chris Vobe at a meeting with Birch Road residents who expressed their concerns about ‘The Alders’.

Run by North West Boroughs Healthcare the Alders provides Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – also known as CAMHS – supporting children and young people up to age 18 with their emotional and mental health and wellbeing.

Resident’s concerns include: the number of police call outs to the unit; acts of anti-social behaviour in the street; possible breaches of planning consent; parking problems, and speeding vehicles to and from the unit.

Following the meeting with residents Helen said: “It is clear that there are issues that need addressing. I will be seeking, along with the Police and Crime Commissioner and local councillors, meetings with the North West Boroughs Healthcare Trust and the Borough Council to find solutions to the legitimate concerns of the residents.”

It was agreed that Helen Jones MP and Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane would seek a meeting with the management of The Alders to discuss police call outs and anti-social behaviour; Helen Jones MP and parish councillor Chris Vobe will liaise with the Borough Council about alleged breaches of planning consent, and Parish councillor Chris Vobe will initiate a ‘speedwatch’ scheme with local residents through the parish council.

John Heritage, Chief Operating Officer at North West Boroughs Healthcare, said: “We are committed to working with local residents, Cheshire Police and Warrington Borough Council to listen to and address the concerns of our neighbours on Birch Avenue.

“We welcome a meeting with Helen Jones and David Keane to take this forward.”


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