Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins has met with probation chiefs and local councillors to discuss an ongoing problem with antisocial behaviour which many say is turning Brampton into a ‘no-go’ area.
The meeting comes after reports of police breaking up multiple drunken street brawls in the middle of the afternoon and drug addicts taking illegal drugs in full public view in broad daylight.
Many people in the area say the problems have spiralled out of control since the Community Rehabilitation Company relocated to Brampton’s Barker Lane in mid-September.
Mr Perkins told the Derbyshire Times: “I met with local and regional managers of the CRC, along with the landlord of the building and local Councillors.
“The landlord said that she didn’t believe that the arrival of the CRC had led to any increase in local drug usage or ASB, nor has their been drug-related paraphernalia left around the outskirts of the building. She is arranging for me to hear from others tenants to hear their perspective.
“The CRC deal with low and medium-risk ex-offenders from their Barker Lane office, and the consequences for service users who attend their session drunk are severe, so they tell me that it is a rare occurrence.
“I will be meeting businesses affected by an increase in ASB this week and will also be speaking to local police.
“It is impossible for me to say whether the CRC premises are contributing to increased problems or not, but we will all be working to ensure that local workers and residents can go about their business peacefully.”