Pubic Concern Voiced Strongly

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The Open Forum of the Parish Council meeting on Monday (July 23rd) voiced growing concern and anger about the behaviour of a number of young people at various locations around the village. This included;

  • use of drugs on the Playing Field and in the Woodland,
  • speeding cars around the village suspected of delivering drugs,
  • loud music played late into the evening on the Playing Field,
  • large groups on young people loudly using abusive language among themselves and to others when challenged,
  • persistent littering.

There was some suggestion that the increase in suspected drug activity in Tarvin had been caused by a recent crack-down on similar activity in Kelsall .The scale of the problem was echoed by the Parish Clerk who reported that he had received noticeably more calls and complaints in the last few weeks that in any time previously. Residents questioned what, if anything, the Parish Council could do about the problem.

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This issue has been discussed many times before but the range of options for action has been limited. Discussions with the PCSO and the police have been held, but there is a recognition that personnel cannot be deployed in numbers or at very regular intervals. However, it was agreed to hold further talks to see if more regular patrols especially during the evening, could be started now that school holidays had begun. It was also agreed that the Parish Council would write to both the local Superintendent and the Police Commissioner. If possible, a Councillor would attend the meeting with the Police Commissioner on July 25th and raise the issue, which may well be echoed by other local councils.

One point made very strongly was that action was most likely to happen if the volume of complaints to the police reached a high level. Residents were encouraged to report any action of aggravated social misbehaviour to the police on the 101 number, making a note of the log number. Persistent complaints might well reach a level at which more forcible police action might be taken.

Ed: Cllr Ted Lush did meet with the Police Commissioner on 25th July — see today's article.

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