IT’S one of Huddersfield town centre’s few green spots, a calm oasis of trees, flora and benches for people to sit and relax.
But people working near to St Peter’s Gardens says it’s now blighted by anti-social behaviour.
One local company says it has had to phone police more than 100 times in just three months.
And they’re saying the location of the town’s Lifeline drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre is attracting people to the area who are then causing the problems.
Workers have seen people defecate, urinate, inject drugs and become involved in brawls in and around the gardens.
And many of the local businesses claim it’s the same people responsible for the problems time and time again.
It should be said that the team at Lifeline are doing their best. People are often referred to them as part of their court sentences.
They’re trying to get drug addicts and alcoholics back on track and for some people it may take time and repeat trips to Lifeline before they tackle their addictions.
But action needs to be taken in the meantime to prevent people from embarking on anti-social behaviour in such a public part of the town centre and causing a nuisance for other people.
Perhaps the compromise is to relocate Lifeline to another area such as close to the police station where there are empty council-owned buildings and the resources to deal with anyone who gets unruly.