A SPORTING facility for a new housing estate is already plagued by vandals.
Despite being newly built, the multi-use games area in Little Sutton is suffering from anti-social behaviour.
Currently owned by Cheshire County Council, the site will automatically become part of the portfolio of land owned by the new West Cheshire unitary authority for this area, which comes into being in April 2009.
That is when the borough council and its counterparts in Chester and Vale Royal are merged into one super-authority, and the county council ceases to exist.
Hazel Barber, the borough’s landscape officer, said in a council report: “The multi-use games area was constructed as part of the PFI scheme during the rebuild at Parklands Primary School, and as part of the open space of the new development of residential properties at Foxdene.
“The area was part of the school field, owned by the county council.
“The open space and multi-use games area had been proposed to be transferred to us. However, the paperwork was never exchanged and so the formal transfer has not taken place.
“Unfortunately, the area has recently experienced anti-social behaviour problems.
“This current anti-social behaviour cannot be tackled directly by us as it is not our land, though we are assisting the county and police.”
She added: “The process of local government reorganisation has overtaken events. It would not be sensible for officers in either authority to spend time on exchanging paperwork at this time.