ANGRY RESIDENTS CALL FOR ACTION OVER ESTATE
A HOUSING estate in Kidwelly has been labelled a "slum" by angry residents calling for action over escalating anti-social behaviour problems.
Residents from Ger y Gwendraeth and Ger y Castell were among those who attended the latest town Pact meeting to air their grievances to PCSO Joe Gardiner over "congregating youths" making a nuisance where they live.
A mum who lives in the area spoke of the extent of the problem — stating her daughter had been targeted and that her car had been damaged.
"It is getting to the stage where it is becoming unbearable living amongst what is going on there," she said. "Children have no respect at all anymore — you try to talk to them to say this is unacceptable behaviour, but you get abuse.
"If my children did anything wrong or would be misbehaving I would want to know, but some people are of the opinion that their children would not do anything.
"We all accept that kids misbehave but there is a nastiness about this one, I have had someone carve their name into the side of my car.
"There is one man on dialysis and they are going round, knocking on his door and then hiding.
"I said 'do you realise how ill that man is'? and the next thing you know they are ganging up on my kid in retaliation. To me that is anti-social behaviour."
A male resident added that it is new faces to the area who are causing the problem. He said: "Since certain groups have come there things are bad. Some have only just come there and we are worried that we are becoming a dumping ground for other places.
"It's not acceptable, and it's worrying. All they are doing is moving bad behaviour from one place to another.
"It affects children in that area, they are learning from their peers."
PCSO Gardiner heard further complaints of smashed glass on the estate as well as the tennis courts at Parc Stephens, while another resident claimed that kids have been "pole dancing" on a lamp post with a sign stating 'no ball games'. A male resident added: "The estate is deteriorating, it was nice when we first arrived but now its a slum with hooligans everywhere.
"I went to speak to them and they said I can't do anything about it and said they have got as much right to be here as I have."
PCSO Gardiner, who made the issue a monthly priority, said: "If in your judgement it is anti-social behaviour ring us and let us know.
"We can't always attend straight away but it will be made a priority more than often in what we will call a priority call which is answered within an hour — so bear that in mind."