Drug deals being done outside Wigan school
Wigan Council has promised action following allegations of drug-dealing and use of illegal substances on the street by frustrated residents.
A town hall officer visited Swinley after a neighbour contacted the local authority about the problems of anti-social behaviour blighting the neighbourhood.
The council has now promised to work with other authorities to stamp out the issues in the area and stressed it views tackling the drug use as a top priority.
Facebook posts have reported problems with illicit substances changing hands on a bench close to a primary school and residents have also approached the police with their concerns.
Will Blandamer, assistant director for partnership, safeguarding and reform at Wigan Council, said: “We recently received a letter from a local resident expressing concerns about drug dealing and use in the area.
“Along with my colleagues I followed up the complaint immediately and also with a number of other public services.
“The council and other services take these concerns seriously and will be working with residents, the community groups and public services to resolve them.”
The latest allegations have caused particular concerns on social media due to the proximity of the site to both Mab’s Cross and St Mary and St John primary schools on Standishgate.
It has also been suggested online that a public meeting for residents and businesses in Swinley could be organised to allow local concerns to be aired.
Reports of drug-dealing and consumption have also been filed at Wigan police headquarters and residents who spot potentially illegal behaviour are being urged to speak to officers.
Anyone who suspects drugs are being dealt in their neighbours should ring the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.
The council can also be made aware of anti-social behaviour through the town hall’s website or the Report It app.