boy RACERS and vandals are already causing headaches for neighbours of a new Kirk Hallam sports area opened only last week.
Residents have complained about older youths intimidating children at the facility off Windsor Crescent, as well as scooter riders and drivers wheel spinning in the car park.
Neighbourhood Wardens and local police are stepping up patrols and the council is urging residents to report any incidents of anti-social behaviour to police.
One resident who did not want to be named, told the Advertiser: “I was out there at the weekend because groups of lads were throwing bricks at my conservatory.
“You’d think this would give them something to do but they still just cause trouble.
“The bigger kids come down and then the younger ones don’t want to go there and then they just drive about and make a load of noise.”
The multi-use sports area was officially unveiled by Erewash Borough Council just a week ago.
Residents have also reported youths playing loud music, drinking and climbing to the top of floodlighting poles.
Another neighbour of the play area, said: “People say there’s nothing for young people to do and then when there is they still get up to the same.
“It’s meant for kids but younger children aren’t going because the older lads hanging around there scare them.
“They leave litter and broken glass on the play park and put swings out of reach.”
Cllr Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s lead member for culture and leisure, said: “I am incensed that a mindless minority is trying to spoil things for everyone else in the Kirk Hallam community, whose residents have welcomed our provision of this sports area and whose families enjoy using the facilities at Windsor Crescent.
“We have found broken glass and litter at the facility and it’s so disappointing when so much hard work, research and commitment has gone into this project.
“Anti-social behaviour and vandalism must not be tolerated and we need the whole community to work together to help stamp out this sort of problem – so I appeal to anyone who sees anything suspicious to get in touch with the police by calling them on 0345 1233333.”