Residents and businesses in Stirling’s Mayfield Court area say they are fed up with antisocial behaviour.
They point to instances of vandalism, including broken windows, bins being set alight, and verbal abuse.
A meeting attended by around 20 people via Zoom, held last week, included representatives from police, the council, and concerned residents and businesses to discuss the matter.
One resident, who did not wish to be named, told the Observer the problem had mainly been down to a group of teenagers who had been “terrorising” the neighbourhood since spring.
She added: “There has been a lot of vandalism and yobbish behaviour going on.
“I’ve seen teenagers standing on shop roofs and throwing bottles at takeaway delivery drivers.
“Windows have also been smashed – as well as eggs thrown at windows – and offensive writing has been scrawled on a door.
“Although I have to say that things have got better lately with the involvement of community police officers.”
And a manager of a business in the vicinity said: “We’ve been putting up with this for too long. I don’t want this area to get a reputation. I’m concerned that customers could avoid the area and shop elsewhere.”
Stirling East councillor Bryan Flannagan, who chaired the recent Zoom meeting, said this week: “I want to see this matter addressed.
“The reports from those affected are horrendous and I join many calling for those engaging in this behaviour to be caught and prosecuted.
“My plan is to continue to hold these meetings and hopefully to begin moving them to a physical location to attract as many members of the public as possible.”
Inspector Liam Harman of Stirling Police said: “We are aware of concerns raised by residents and businesses in the St Ninians and Borestone areas of Stirling relating to antisocial behaviour.
“Community officers regularly link in with community leaders, including attending community council meetings, and work with local partners to address and reduce this kind of activity.
“Antisocial behaviour in any form will not be tolerated and we will always listen to and respond to any concerns in the community. Additional patrols are being undertaken in areas of particular concern.
“Recently, two male youths, aged 14 and 15, were charged in connection with culpable and reckless conduct and threatening and abusive behaviour following reports of rocks being thrown and windows being broken. A report has been sent to the Scottish Children’s Reporter.
“I would encourage anyone with concerns about this kind of behaviour to report it to us by calling 101.
“I would also urge parents, guardians and carers to make sure they are aware of what young people are doing and support us in working to make our communities safer places to live and work.”
A Stirling Council spokesperson said: “Our community safety team were made aware of antisocial behaviour in Mayfield Court.
“The team work together with Police Scotland to respond to reports of antisocial behaviour, providing support by supplementing police patrols with patrols by our community safety enforcement officers. We urge members of the public to make ourselves and Police Scotland aware of antisocial activity.”