At one time the police public panel meetings provided a fast conduit to get actions agreed and the concern of local residents taken into local police plans.
Meetings were well attended and a lively debate was assured, but seemingly not now that Police budget cuts are beginning to bite.
The new chair is Carol Harrison taking over from recently elected (for a year) Tory PCC councillor Ray Bisby, Mr Bisby of course had only just taken on the Police Panel role, but obviously had to stand down on his election to council office. However Ms Harrison has been parachuted in, and she is appealing for more residents to attend.
Perhaps if they published the dates in good time, it would encourage greater numbers? The actions agreed at a meeting in July, (which has only just reached us) sadly include priorities we seem to have carried many times before:
WOODSTON - Action against drug use: The Dell cut through to New Road.
FLETTON - Nothing at all, which we find to be very strange.
PARK FARM - Continuing anti social behaviour in the Playground adjacent to Heritage Park School, and the area surrounding it.
We also find this decidedly odd as Cllr Harper lives just a street away, and is one of the projects he has shovelled loads of public money into, we say at the expense of the rest of the Ward. We have independently reported to police, a number of scramble bikes being ridden on the green wheel, overfilled dog mess bins, and parking on pavements, so that mums with pushchairs have to walk into the road / traffic. Keep sending us your videos and pictures .... You can catch up with Carol Harrison at the Sue Ryder Café in Stanground.
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