Councillors pledge to come down hard on dogging
Date posted: 25-06-2012
RESIDENTS in a Thurrock Village have called for a closure of a local road which has become a haven for illicit sex meetings.
Last weeks meeting of Thurrock Council heard new ward councillor Sue Little make a plea on behalf of Bulphan residents for Peartree Lane to be closed as it has become a centre for dogging where people, mostly homosexuals meet randomly for sex.
This is a criminal activity and is not welcome in our Borough of Thurrock, said the Orsett ward councillor. The road needs to be closed. It could be done with a gate either end. This is a very easy problem to solve and I would like to see some action.
Illicit activity in Peartree Lane, which is a little-used road that links the village with the A128 and has become a place where lorries have regularly parked overnight, has increased following the move last year by Brentwood Council to fence off the roads that adjoin South Weald Country park. A link road there, from the A128 to the Halfway House pub, had become a major centre for sex meetings, with people then going into the park to carry on their activities.
However the new fence, and increased police activity, have driven the activity into new sites.
Thurrock Councils Portfolio Holder for Public Protection, Cllr Angie Gaywood, who was being quizzed by
Cllr Little, agreed it was a problem that needed to be tackled.
However, she said it had only just been brought to the Councils attention, We have been made aware of this since the 15th May and we will be working with the police to resolve it. I have spoken to the police who say they have stepped up their activity in the area and more than 100 patrols have been made in that area.
Closing the road is not that easy but we will look at that option.
In the meantime the police will continue to patrol and I would call on Cllr Little to raise the matter also at the local forum.