A REDESIGN of Appleton Village could be on the cards after Widnes's top cop said it could alleviate youth crime.
Inspector Nick Bailey, who is in charge of Widnes Neighbourhood Policing Unit, says he is considering making some physical changes to Appleton Village after he identified it as a 'hot spot area' for anti-social behaviour.
In recent weeks gangs of youths have been congregating on Appleton Village car park for fights as well as causing general nuisance for residents.
Insp Bailey said: 'We have worked with St Bede's Club in the past in regards to youths on the village car park, so we know there are some problems there.
'We are even thinking about a possible redesign of that area as Appleton is a massive space and it gives the youths plenty of places to go.
'We would even look at putting some fences up or some gates to stop the number of people congregating around there and using the car park as a short cut.'
No plan has been put into action, but Insp Bailey says he is determined to solve the problem of anti-social behaviour, not just in Appleton but throughout Widnes.
He said: 'We are putting a programme together which will be led by Sgt Becky Stokes and her team which involves a series of CAT (Community Action Team) walks in which residents and the council come along with us and highlight the problems to officers.
'Youth crime is a problem for all of Widnes, though, and this area is a hot spot as youths meet here in the winter.
'But as soon as Victoria Park opens later in the summer, they will be in there so we need to be aware of what is going on and these CAT walks will help.
'We have highlighted the problem areas in Widnes and we are not prepared to wait until next year - we are doing something about it now. '