New security fencing is set to be constructed around a housing area in Blackheath following complaints of loutish behaviour.

Local residents of The Ross campaigned for replacement security fencing at Britannia Park - an action that resulted in a decision by Sandwell Council to give the project the go-ahead, reports Halesowen News.

The fence, which will cost £15,000, will run along the front shrub area and is expected to protect residents, prevent youths building shelters and fires and put a stop to further damage to trees.

Street scene area director Steve Handley said in a report to the cabinet member for neighbourhood services that regular warden patrols will complement the new security fencing.

The move was welcomed by Blackheath councillor Mary Docker, who championed the campaign for new security fencing on behalf of local residents.

Ms Docker said she is pleased that the boundary fence will be approved at the neighbourhood services meeting.

Essex residents have called for tighter security at Basildon's Sporting Village following a recent break-in at the venue.

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