A SOLIHULL resident has voiced her concerns over her experiences of intimidating behaviour by sixth form students who pass through Malvern Park.
One parent in particular has witnessed drunken behaviour which she feels is threatening and is now worried them about walking through the park with her children. It seems as though parents are prepared to stop taking their children to the park in an attempt to avoid the bad behaviour and foul language that they fear their youngsters will pick up on.
The Solihull News asked parents and visitors to Malvern Park about their thoughts on this issue, and whether they have faced any trouble whilst at the park.
Heidi Daniel, 39 is quite fond of Malvern Park and its friendly atmosphere. “It is a very nice family park which is in an ideal location.
The mother of two from Meriden visits the park on a regular basis with her daughter Maisie-Jayne, three and her two-year-old son Dexter.
“I can see how other people would perceive the teenagers as intimidating but I haven’t experienced any of that personally.”
Nicola Reddington, a secondary school teacher from Balsall Common has never encountered any problems during her time at the park.
“I work with teenagers and I don’t see any problems whenever I am at the park with my children. There is just a minority that are responsible for any trouble that may go on but I haven’t witnessed anything on my visits.”
Hazel Dalton lives on New Road by Malvern Park and she visits the park twice a week.
“I wouldn’t say the college students determine whether or not parents will take their children to the park.
“I have noticed that they drop a lot of litter which is my only concern.”Gillian Dawson brings the children to the park during the school holidays and goes for walks with her husband during the days.
“We love this park. I have never seen any trouble or had any problems in the park.”
CJ Thomas from Lyndon Road visited Malvern Park for the first time, and he was very pleased with what he saw. “It is very nice here,there are no signs of any trouble.
“Its a great atmosphere and everyone seems to be having a great time when they come here. There is a lot of litter around, but there are bins everywhere so people should be using them rather than littering.”