Part of Shirebrook path fenced off to tackle yobbish behaviour

The problem path in question.

The problem path in question.

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Council chiefs have taken action to tackle yobbish behaviour on a footpath in Shirebrook.

Residents say the path at the back of Sookholme Road is a hotspot for disorder.

In response to the concerns, Bolsover District Council has agreed to fence off part of the footpath using a public spaces protection order (PSPO).

Anyone found on the restricted area without the council’s consent could be fined up to £1,000.

Councillor Karl Reid, the district council’s cabinet member for community cohesion, said: “This has been an ongoing issue and one we have been working with residents to resolve.

“The PSPO is all about creating a safe environment and improving the community’s quality of life.

“This will now give residents the chance to enjoy the peace and quiet of their gardens without noise and disturbance coming from over the fencing.”

A district council spokesman said residents were concerned about the path being used as a place for people to congregate, drink alcohol and cause anti-social behaviour.

The PSPO lasts for three years and an alternative route has been provided for pedestrians along Long Lane and Sookholme Road.