Family claim estate is still a trouble spot despite clean-up

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A FAMILY living on a notorious Hucknall estate say the area is still plagued by crime and vandalism, despite recent efforts to clean it up by an action group.

Daryl Watson (21) and his partner, Kate Cotton (23), live in a flat at Goodall Crescent. They say the estate suffers from chronic anti-social behaviour with the area littered with broken glass and fly-tipping.

Their daughter, two-year-old Lillie, also fell over on broken glass and suffered a nasty cut to her forehead outside the flats.

“Our friend’s child was found sucking on a pregnancy test which had been picked up off the ground,” said Daryl.

“There are teenagers shouting abuse. We heard about the battery being taken out of disabled woman’s mobility scooter. It is generally not a very nice place to live for a family and we live in what is probably the best block.

“When I get home from work at 2 am there are people trying to sell me drugs. There are also Staffordshire bull terriers running round the place with no leads on and the fly-tipping is still a problem.

“More needs to be done. At the moment it just seems like the estate is being filled with young people and drug addicts.”

An attempt to clean up the estate has been made by action group The Goodall Area Tenants and Residents Association with up to 20 local residents taking part in the scheme.

But Kate and Daryl, who also has a five-week-old son named Harry, added: “It’s still very intimidating when you walk past the teenagers and there is nowhere for our kids to play because the grass is filled with broken glass or dog muck.

“We’ve been here for two years but are on a waiting list to be moved.”

Hucknall’s police chief, Insp Nick Butler, said: “Goodall Crescent was part of an improvement plan two years ago as an attempt to improve people’s lives and it has been working.

“But we do need to remain vigilant and anyone with information should let us (the police) know. If there is any graffiti, glass or damage, they should also get in touch with Ashfield District Council’s neighbourhood services department.”

OUR PHOTO shows Kate and Daryl with Lillie outside the flats — DISPIC NHUD11-2123-2