A COLNE alleyway that is being used for illicit sex and drug taking is making residents’ lives a misery, according to a Colne councillor.
The issue was brought to the attention of councillors at Pendle Council’s Colne and District Committee by Coun. Neil Butterworth, who represents Horsfield Ward, who said police have been called out to the alleyway off Skipton Road several times.
Needles have been found on the disused and overgrown alley and people have been gathering late at night in what is believed to be drug dealing meetings.
It was suggested the area be fenced offto allay residents’ worries and will be looked at by councillors before the next area meeting.
Coun. Butterworth said: “Police have been called on three occasions and residents are happy with their response but they can’t be there 24 hours a day. The council has removed needles on two separate occasions but it is still happening. Only this week, photos were taken of needles and two men have been seen down there with torches for about 15 minutes.
“It needs to be dealt with very quickly as there are young families living there.”
Photos showing syringes scattered on the ground were passed to members at the meeting and councillors agreed action needed to be taken.
Coun. Ann Kerrigan said it could be declared a grot spot and money from the capital programme be allocated to help clean up the area. “If we can do anything to help we should. We put an alley gate on Cumberland Street and there is no reason why we should not look at doing the same thing by the ginnel.”
Coun. Butterworth also added a nearby business is keen to get the problem sorted.
Council officers are to look into the land ownership before the March meeting of Colne and District Committee.
l Other areas that are to be allocated money from the grot spot capital programme are the land between Valley Heights and Mason Street and the land at the junction of Skipton Road and Byron Road.