HELSBY parish councillors have spoken out on the anti-social behaviour issue plaguing rural areas of Cheshire.
At a meeting last Monday, they expressed concern that police promises to patrol the countryside have not been honoured.
They raised a number of issues with the Community Action Team (CAT) about anti-social behaviour in the parish, but feel Chief Constable Peter Fahy has yet to deliver his pledge of getting more police on the beat in rural areas.
The Helsby area is patrolled by the Frodsham and Northwich CAT teams, but councillors approached by worried residents feel the police are under-staffed and need more officers sooner rather than later.
A list of itemised anti-social behaviour incidents is being drawn up by councillors, who have pointed out a park bench, the playground and bus shelters have been targeted by yobs in a summer spree of nuisance behaviour.
Cllr Terry O'Neill said: 'We have been promised 170 new officers in Cheshire over the next year, but there is clearly going to be a period of training required so we are not going to get new officers as quickly as we thought.
'We are angry. Helsby residents want to see action not words.'