ASDA ward surgery this morning with colleagues from all three Haughton wards, together with Eileen McElroy, our Police Community Support Officer.
Whilst after 16 years it's difficult summoning up the enthusiasm I had when I first became a councillor, getting casework sorted is one of the most satisfying elements of being a local elected representative. As always, it was good to talk to friends as they came in to shop.
One issue that was raised with me and Eileen was the continuing problem of mini-motorbikes being ridden illegally, not only on open space, but also on-street too. We were told that Hercules Street is a regular rat-run first thing in the morning.
As I've blogged previously, we have a standing request in with the Police to get the motorcycle unit down from Durham and target the area. This will include Red Hall, which is also a troubled hot-spot. Eileen advised that it would be good if residents could keep a diary of dates, times and locations where they see bikes and quads being ridden illegally, and then pass the details onto her - her email address is eileen.McElroy@durham.pnn.police.uk
Those caught are given a warning. If they then re-offend within 12 months, whatever they are driving anti-socially will be confiscated.