Local campaigner Tracy McClure hosts meeting with Police to discuss local concerns.
A very big thank you to everyone who turned out for a packed meeting with Police on Wednesday evening at the Cockleshell Community Centre. It really is amazing what some co-ordinated community action can achieve. Present at the meeting were your local Councillor Matthew Winnington, Police Sgt Janine Sanger, Police PCSO Kev Newby and Shaun Adams from National Regional Property Group which will purchase the Fraser Ranger site from QineteQ in the next few weeks.
The first really positive piece of news is that in the last few days QineteQ have installed a permanent security guard at the Range with two German Shepherd guard dogs running loose. At a stroke, this has stopped the youths/children entering the site and the company that is about to buy the site, National Regional has taken note and is looking to continue the same level of security as it is seems to be working.
Residents at the meeting described the serious problem with high speed driving at night down Fort Cumberland Road and Henderson Road which is dangerous and has caused damage to parked cars. As a result Sgt Sanger is going to instigate speed watch operations at night and extra patrols. Residents are urged to phone 101 or e-mail Sgt Sanger ([email protected]) so that there is a record of all instances of anti-social behaviour.
Those juveniles that have been caught at the Range (who are often only about 12 years old) have been issued with notices that mean if they re-offend and their parents are in council or rented accommodation, Police can apply to have them evicted. This has resulted in a zero re-offending rate amongst those caught.
Abusive behaviour towards staff at the Spar and criminal damage/thefts have been noted by Police and the shop owners now have a dedicated point of contact with a named member of the Police team.
While this all sounds very encouraging, many of us at the meeting feel that it needs to be kept under review to make sure that these promises are kept. It is therefore my intention to have these meetings on a not less than 6 monthly basis so that the dialogue between the local community, the Police and the Fraser Range site owners can continue for the benefit of everyone living in the Fort Cumberland area.
If you have any further questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected] or telephone on 07710512189 or Cllr Winnington on 07984921720.