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Town Of Bancroft Closes All Parks Temporarily To “Prevent Unlawful Encampment”

UPDATE:All parks will reopen today except Churchill and Cenotaph Park which remain closed due to high water levels. The Mayor said the reason for the closure is that officials believed an unlawful encampment would be set up over the weekend following the closure of the overnight shelter.

BANCROFT-Homelessness and drug addiction aren’t only big city issues. It’s also increasing in small towns all across the province.

The Town of Bancroft recently announced it was temporarily closing all parks to “prevent unlawful encampment”.

“This action is necessary to ensure public safety. We are sorry for the inconvenience this will cause.” said officials on Facebook.

The OPP is present at Riverside Park according to residents while other parks have red “do not enter” tape around them.

Hundreds of residents commented on Facebook.

“I can’t use my bank after hours, my daughter can’t walk down the road without seeing a woman perform indecent acts and now our parks are being closed? Don’t our taxpaying dollars do anything towards keeping our streets and people safe? said Linda Estey.

“I haven’t taken my kids to any parks in town for over a year, and I never walk at night. My family has had too many scary encounters, even in broad daylight. Sadly, this town is not a safe place.” said Jacqueline McLean.

“The addicts in town don’t get punished for the crimes they commit. My car window was smashed in broad daylight, the basement of my work was broken into multiple times and items were stolen. I see them every day shooting drugs on the sidewalk for everyone to see, but what gets done? Nothing!” said Lexie Wade.

Mayor Paul Jenkins recently expressed his frustration with the provincial budget and response to the situation.

“With respect to measures to alleviate the homeless situation, the provincial budget allocated an additional 200 million to homelessness, mental health and addictions programs. Unfortunatley, this dwarfs the need and magnitude of the problem with no new approach to achieve meaningful results-the federal budget also appeared void of any substantive programs,” said Jenkins. This is very disappointing considering the extremely high human and financial costs that are currently incurred across many sectors.”

The City of Peterborough as well as Toronto have been dealing with similar encampments.

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Pamela Vanmeer
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