Fed-up residents are warning they could turn ‘militant’ saying their neighbourhood is plagued by youths.
Householders in Fern Gore, Accrington, say they are being constantly disturbed by youngsters late at night who are hanging around The Beeches Sure Start Centre on Rimmington Avenue.
John Drinkwater, chairman of Fern Gore Residents Association, said they have discussed the issue with centre bosses, councillors and police but the problem has not gone away.
He warned that resident could now take action themselves to combat the problem.
John said: "For about two years now we have had residents complaining about disturbances at the Sure Start Centre.
"At nights and weekends youths constantly climb onto the roof of this building, gather around it playing football and riding bikes drinking and taking drugs.
"There’s a field next door with football pitches and a play grounds that’s lit up but instead they play on or outside the centre.
"The police are powerless because they can not attend 24/7 and as soon as they leave the youths return. The residents are getting quite militant and think they might have to do something about it themselves."
Ann-Marie Foster, Hyndburn Sure Start manager, said: "We have not ignored this issue and we have done everything we can to stop it being a problem.
"We are part of the victims of this yet it feels like we are the one's being targeted.
"Anti-vandal paint has been put onto the roof and we have erected a sign at the request of local residents at our own cost but it hasn't been a deterrent. The youths are focused that that is what they want to do.
"We have met with community police on several occasions. We have done all that we feel we can do."
Community beat manager Leona Hopkinson said the police are aware of the problem and have made it one of their 'top priorities'.
Ward councillor Munsif Dad said: "If we can do something to maximise the usage inside the building it would help the people living around there.
"If you have got a building there that can be utilised for the youth there then that will help the problem."
To report a problem of anti-social behaviour contact the neighbourhood police team on 01254 353103.