Residents’ fury over meeting at ‘short notice’

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A LONG-AWAITED community forum will take place next week although authorities have been criticised for organising it at “just a few days notice.”

Following outbreaks of anti-social behaviour (ASB) last year, residents in Ashton were promised a meeting in June for the decision not to extend dispersal orders to be explained.

The meeting will take place on Monday at 5.30pm at Ashton Library on Wigan Road.

Chair of Ashton Residents’ Association (ARA) Michael Moulding said: “The way this matter has been handled has been appalling and has shown utter contempt to local residents.

“The disrespect to the community in Ashton continues with the rushed meeting giving residents just a few days notice, it has been a complete shambles. After years of suffering, residents were dictated to then promises were made and they failed to deliver.”

A drop in ASB incidents was cited as the reason for not extending the dispersal orders that were in place for six months earlier this year covering areas around Jubilee Park.

The orders allowed officers to move on groups of two or more with the threat of arrest for non-compliance.

The meeting was initially scheduled for July 30 but was postponed because it clashed with a full council meeting.

In May, Ch Insp Stuart Wrudd first told the Evening Post of the neighbourhood policing team’s intention to explain their decisions at a public meeting in the following month.