HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — It was a packed meeting, full of hundreds of angry and outraged people. Two police officers were brought in just in case, but the meeting stayed in control as residents vented about a fence that’s sent to come down between a Hamden neighborhood and some subsidized housing in New Haven.
“In the past anytime their was a breach in the fence the crime rate in the neighborhood went up,” said one Hamden resident.
For decades, it was thought the fence was on the Hamden side of the town line. But this year Hamden did their own land survey which showed the fence to be on the New Haven side. New Haven said they will take it down, and now residents say things that were bad will get worse.
“I have had bicycles stolen and I have had vandalism done to my house,” another Hamden resident said.
“We have had our houses broken into,” another said.
“They have seen the people come thorough the fence make the drug deal, and go back, that has been seen and reported,” resident Joan Howell said.
There are holes in the fence and you can see here where they have tried to patch it, but residence are not only angry about crime, but traffic as well. they say this little road will become too busy once they open it up to traffic from New Haven.
“Going up the hill there is no site line going up Beldon road, and coming out of West Side Drive,” said Hamden resident Scott Bishop.
“Do you feel betrayed by the mayor?” News 8’s Bob Wilson asked one resident. “Yes I do. Yes I do. I hope he doesn’t run again because he certainly wont get my vote.”
“I think he is a liar,” said Bishop.
“If there is something we could do we would be doing it. The mayor has been in office for almost five years now, if he wanted the fence down he could have taken it down on year one,” said Curt Lang of the Hamden Mayor’s office.