Angels Beach: ?Spotlight the trouble spot
By Renee Redmond
Graeme Wappettm wants a clearer view of the Angels Beach car park at East Ballina, where unruly youth clashed with police last Friday night and in the early hours of Saturday morning.
Mr Wappett, who lives at Angels Beach, said if the clump of trees and shrubs on the Coast Road edge of the car park were cleared and vision improved, wayward youth would come under the spotlight of householders across the road. This may deter late-night parties and offer an added bonus of detecting car thieves.
Residents experienced an- ti-social behaviour last Friday night when teenagers who had congregated in the car park spilled into residential Beachfront Parade.
When police arrived some of the youths threw bottles, rocks and lumps of cement at the police officers and their cars.
Houses in the area also were targeted. One resident was assaulted and property was stolen from two homes. Two householders reported malicious damage.
Mr Wappett will meet with Ballina MP Don Page on Monday to discuss options to make the area less attractive to wayward youth.
"They obviously have nothing to occupy their time and the Angels Beach car park would be seen as a good place to meet because it is tucked away," he said.
"If the car park could be exposed to the main road, people could see what they're getting up to, maybe even their parents would drive past.
"Ballina is a good town and we want to make sure it stays that way."
Mr Wappett said that at a meeting with police on Tuesday, residents were told to notify police at the first sign of a group forming.
"We were told not to approach the youths and call police immediately," he said.
Mr Wappett said a resident had given police video footage of last Friday night's incident.