Sunday, February 17, 2008

Street Surgery - Belsay Walk area


Cllr. Andy Scott chats to a local resident.


On Saturday, Andy, David and myself completed our first Street Surgery of 2008 as we walked round Belsay Walk, Belford Gardens, Corbridge Crescent and Alnwick Place.


Residents could raise any issue they liked with us, of course, but naturally the focus was the anti-social behaviour that has been plaguing the area recently. The three of us have been liaising closely with the Police and Wardens lately, and I was really pleased to learn that the Police had a car parked in Belsay Walk for most of the evening, and so when a gang of youths turned up, they were able to deal swiftly with the situation.


The local Inspector has promised me that there will be an intensive effort to nip these problems in the bud over the next 4 weeks. We will see then if the partnership effort has borne fruit.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pleased to see you are going to be "hogging" all the Police in Darlington for the next few weeks.I just hope there is no trouble out in the surrounding villages. Clearly a case of "who you know" not where you are!

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes.

Thank you for the news about the footpath to the Springfield Park play area.

The police presence was noticeable on Friday evening. A police officer and community warden were seen walking round the estate. I echo was the previous poster said and hope that the issues in our area do not adversely affect the enforcement of law and order in the villages.

Good result yesterday for Bristol Rovers. The draw for the QFs will be interesting tomorrow. Prediction time. Middlesbrough v Bristol Rovers. Ok Middlesbrough have to defeat Sheff United, but they should do so in the replay. They were awful today. Glad I'm not a season ticket holder.

Darlington Councillor said...

Good grief, anonymous 1# - of course we're not "hogging all the Police in Darlington" - the response the Police and the Wardens have devised is entirely proportionate to the scale of the problem.

Thanks for your comment, Alan. As for the QF draw - well I'll be blogging on that tomorrow. Outside of Man U and Chelsea, I quite fancy Rovers' chances on a good day with any of the other teams, given a home draw at the Mem.

Anonymous said...

Are there no vacancies for ineffective labour councillors in Bristol ?

Darlington Councillor said...

Excellent - so I'm being castigated with my ward colleagues both for getting resources ahead of other areas for my own patch, and also for being ineffective?!

I guess no-one says that our 'anonymous' opposition has to be consistent!

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes.....

Nick. What facilities are being provided to divert these young people away from congregating on the street, causing a nuisance and drinking alcohol? There was an excellent letter on this matter in HAS today which I wholeheartedly endorse.

I found last winter in Harrowgate Hill that the young people wanted somewhere to go with a roof over their heads which was open to them and was safe where they can hang out with their mates which was alcohol free. They and I found that everthing was closed to them on a Friday and Saturday evening.

The West Side Project in Branksome was a good project and was run by off duty police officers. This resulted in a considerable drop in anti social behaviour in the area. Can a similar project be introduced here?

What I fear is that when the police presence is finally withdrawn anti social behaviour will return. Any initiative needs to be long term and sustained.

Is it not the case that by reducing anti social behaviour in one area increases it in another?

The answer is provide facilities to occupy young people's free time. Build up the sports facilities at Longfield, floodlit pitches, a full size gym and/or make the sporting facilities at the Education Village affordable for young people, then you might, you just might, reduce anti social behaviour and underage drinking.

Some more constructive thoughts from an opposition member.

miketually said...

Ah, you've got to love anonymous cowards. Man up and put your names to it at least!

Alan, I'm not sure that there are many facilities locally, are there? I think St Andrew's church has a midweek youth group, but I don't know of anything else. There's the Scout group on a Friday night. I went to both of these as a kid.

Perhaps when the Salvation Army open up on Thompson Street there will be something more?

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes....

My eldest goes to Scouts on a Friday at St. Andrew's. They camped out in the scout hut over night then travelled to the North Yorkshire Moors on Saturday for a hike. He came back absolutely wacked. The leaders are a dedicated group of people who put in an enormous amount of effort to harness the interest of young people and they do it without payment and because they are committed to putting something back into society.

I just hope that more facilities can be developed for young people in the area to divert them away from underage drinking. There was a report on Radio Tees that a student at Hummersknott had to be taken to hospital for over dosing on Red Bull.

The problem is very serious indeed.

miketually said...

Red Bull is non-alcoholic :)

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes...

Mike. It still has serious consequences for the health of young people if too much of it is consumed.

It is banned in Norway, France, Iceland because of its high cafeine content. It also contains taurine a chemical originally found in ox bile which is said to allieviate muscle fatigue.

To quote Judy Moore from the British Diabetic Association.
"Drinking this amount of caffeine takes it out of the realms of a fizzy drink and into that of a pharmaceutical."

miketually said...

Oh, it's terrible stuff. My students go for Relentless, which is similar but in huuuge cans.

Martin said...

"...It also contains taurine a chemical originally found in ox bile."

In which case; who was the first person to drink it and what on earth prompted them to try it?!!!

Anonymous said...

Alan Macnab writes....

Sounds pretty nasty.