Councillors say housing development would cure anti-social behaviour blight

Potential development site at Ingelow Avenue playing field, Boston. MBSP-190213018

Potential development site at Ingelow Avenue playing field, Boston. MBSP-190213018

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A housing development on a neglected Boston playing field could be the key to stopping a tirade of anti-social behaviour, according to councillors.

The disused Ingelow Avenue playing field and an alleyway which leads to the site have been blighted by the issue for a number of years, causing misery for local residents.

But in a bid to improve the area, councillors recently agreed to support any future plans to develop the site.

At the latest meeting of the Boston Town Area Committee (BTAC), Coun Paul Kenny said: “This is an opportunity to sort out a major issue. I think this is good for the residents of Fenside.”

Coun Mike Gilbert added: “We need something doing. It’s needed cleaning up for many years.”

He said he thought a development on the site would also be an opportunity to provide a better play area for children in the area.

Coun Paul Gleeson added he thought it would be an opportunity to increase social housing.

The area has become a magnet for activities including drug-use, vandalism and public urination, according to residents.

Joe Nash, who lives next to the alleyway, said he would welcome anything which could help the situation, but he did not think lighting would work.

He added: “The proposals will, I hope, see the diversion of the passage.”

The land currently belongs to Boston Borough Council, and no planning application has been submitted for it as yet. Councillors said they thought it would be ideal if it was developed along with the adjoining former factory site.