OUTRAGED traders and residents have spoken out after months of sleepless nights, smashed windows and booze-fuelled fights on The Rows.
Just days after an application to open a new late-night cocktail bar on Watergate Street was rejected by Cheshire West and Chester Council, traders and residents are still fighting to put a stop to an ‘unacceptable’ level of anti-social behaviour on The Rows.
Residents living on Watergate Street are outraged the area has become a ‘haven’ for anti-social behaviour, with young children and families being woken at 4am by:
Singing, shouting and swearing
Loud music from bars
Vomiting and urinating
Couples allegedly performing sex acts.
Now concerned traders are reaching the end of their tether.
At about midnight last Tuesday, June 19, the owner of the Sofa Workshop was called to his shop after a drunken brawl following the England v Ukraine match led to his shop window being smashed.
Owner Malcolm Sibson is ‘appalled’ by the behaviour of drinkers leaving bars on the street, saying when he arrived there was blood all over the floor and police questioning drunk people milling around in the area.
“If this was a one-off I would not be too bothered,” said Malcolm, who said if the situation did not improve traders would simply move out of the centre to other towns and shopping centres.
“About a month ago the front door glass was kicked in, and last week someone put their fist through the window of our outlet shop further along The Rows.”
And the owners of the Cartoon Gallery, who also live on the Rows, are calling for a halt to the influx of bars and extended opening hours.
“There is a lot of noise every night, shouting, swearing, banging and other unacceptable and disgusting acts going on here,” said Margaret Rusling.
“The tipping point has been reached, people are very angry. Something needs to be done.”
Inspector Ian Thorp of Cheshire Constabulary said there had been no anti-social behaviour issues during the Euro 2012 matches due to effective policing.
“We will continue to address any concerns of our residential and business communities regarding the policing of Chesters night time economy and continually look towards keeping Chester a safe place to live, work and visit.”