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ONLY last month, Stowmarket proudly opened its newly refurbished and improved recreation ground, but now officials are already facing complaints about problems at the site.

Following a number of complaints from residents living nearby, Stowmarket Town Council has called a public meeting aiming to confront issues of littering and anti-social behaviour at the recreation ground, in Recreation Road.

Daniel Harvey, public services manager at Stowmarket Town Council, said: “Littering is the main problem, but there are also issues with underage drinking and youngsters being abusive.”

Although the problem is nothing new, Stowmarket Town Council and the police believe that the good weather and an increase in the number of users at the site has exacerbated the issue.

David Blackburn, Stowmarket Town Council clerk, said: “The continued good weather has brought people out day after day and that has really brought the problem to the forefront. We need to explore ways to deal with the situation.”

Sgt Neil Paterson, of Stowmarket Safer Neighbourhood team, said: “It is only a small minority that spoil it for the majority.”

The meeting will be held at Stowmarket Middle School at 6.30pm on May 19 to give the public an opportunity to voice their concerns.

Representatives from Stowmarket Town Council, Mid Suffolk District Council and Stowmarket police will be at the meeting as well as the town pastors, and representatives from the CCTV control room and the Stowmarket youth forum.

The meeting will also include interactive voting sessions to allow residents to express their views.

The refurbished recreation ground opened fully to children and families last month after £200,000 of improvements.