Bid to prevent 'dogging' sex meets at Skegness sand dunes
A NEW community group has been formed to help manage an area of dunes which has been plagued with 'doggers' for years.
Last month, residents from the Seacroft area in Skegness attended a meeting organised by Dave Miller, coastal ranger for the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, to help regain the area back for public use.
For years, the area of dunes which backs onto local properties has been used by people for sex meets.
The community group is most likely to be called the Friends of Seacroft Marsh, and Simon Rapley of Lighthouse Avenue was elected interim chairman.
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Mr Miller is the interim secretary and it is hoped a treasurer position will be created so the group can apply for grants to help pay for improvement works, new signage and flyers.
Mr Miller said: "The suggestion of a Friends group is a really positive way of getting volunteers helping to police the area. If the police can only get there twice a month due to resources, not a lot can be done but if more of the local populous are there, more can be done."
Work is also starting this week on laying hedges in the Marine Avenue and Lifeboat Avenue area.
Mr Miller said: "Laying the hedges down on the path is good for the local habitat as well as making it more difficult for people to access these areas. If you lay it down it will shoot up again, blocking off some pathways down there."
It is hoped that the improvement works will show that the area is regularly maintained and will naturally act as a deterrent to anyone wanting to use the area for sex acts.
The latest meeting heard that no further incidents have been reported, mainly due to the time of year and the weather.
The acts have been happening at the dunes for years but residents claim it has steadily got worse, particularly due to advances in Internet communication.
Local residents are also being asked to continue to log any incidents and report them directly to Mr Miller.
He said: "The more incident reports we can get will build up a picture of the activities which I can take it forward to the authorities."
Interim chairman Simon Rapley said: "The best sort of security really is having it well used by the public and showing that it is a maintained area.
"My personal aim is to help liberate the woodlands, marsh, dunes and shore at Seacroft from antisocial behaviours so that the area can be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike."
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