Sir Gavin Williamson has recently met with South Staffordshire District Council to address anti-social behaviour in and around Cavans wood and Shoal Hill Common.
Sir Gavin has engaged in discussions with the Council, Forestry England and the local police relating to the recent spate of disruptive behaviour, in particular the influx of off-road bikes into the restricted area, as well as the disposal of waste and non-recyclables into the park. Locals have been rightfully frustrated about the lack of care and respect given to their communal parks and the wildlife which lives within them.
All were unanimous in the decision to escalate the use of Section 54 ASB notices in order to clamp down on the issue. This should enable the local authorities the use of appropriate powers to seize equipment which is operating in restricted areas.
Sir Gavin said: "I’m really relieved by the results of today’s discussions, and hope to see the implementation of the Section 54 notices to positive effect. The unacceptable treatment of our communal areas and green spaces is something that I’m keen to get under control. By collaborating with the local authorities and local council, I’m pleased to say this issue should be resolved as soon as possible, and the people of South Staffordshire will be able to enjoy the value of Shoal Hill Common and Cavans Wood as untouched natural spaces."