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You are here: Home / Have Your Say / Cats

Community Action Team Meeting (CAT)

27 June 2023 - Sarisbury Green Community Centre


Who was there?

Councillors Present:  Cllr Woodward, Cllr Burton, Cllr Bastable, Cllr Bayford, Cllr Burgess, Cllr Daniells, Cllr Ford, Cllr Martin                                                            

Residents: 11

What was talked about?

Cllr Burton, the Chairman of the meeting, gave a brief introduction and introduced the speakers.

Local Police Issues:  A/Insp Young and A/PS Butler

A/Insp Young introduced herself as acting up from Sargent in the Neighbourhood Policing Team.  When she joined the team just over a year ago, there were two PCs and one PCSO to cover the whole area.  This has now increased by an additional officer but would like to see a further increase to cover such a large area.  Two local issues of note have been identified by the team.  The issue of anti-social behaviour around Locks Heath town centre has largely been resolved following the identification and arrest of the small group of youths involved.  The other issue is speeding.  Large, organised car meets – such as those at Segensworth – attract car enthusiasts from all over the UK and result in a small number of anti-social behaviour incidents.  Insp Kearley is doing a lot of work with partner agencies to manage this issue nationally.  Local meets – such as those at Passage Lane – attract smaller numbers but they are more likely to engage in anti-social behaviour.  The team have a good working relationship with local Councillors, and issues in Passage Lane have been addressed with extra patrols in the area and the installation of a camera.  However, there are still issues with in wider area.  Please report car meets using the online form External Hyperlink.  This provides the information we need for planning a response and evidencing the need for resources.

Questions from the floor

Q: Do the available punishments act as a deterrent to young people?  

A: Some people will continue to commit crime regardless of the punishment, but we need to start somewhere with young people.  The Youth Offending Team work to keep them out of court and in an ideal world they will learn their lesson before they reach court.  As soon as it goes to court, punishments are tied by guidelines.

Q: Councillors hear concerns that residents do not get a response to 101 or online reporting. 

A: Unfortunately, this is a resource issue.  Residents can be reassured that everything is being looked at.  Please continue to report through 101 or online or contact the team through Councillors or directly by email.

Update on the developments in the Borough:  Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Cllr Seán Woodward

Cllr Woodward gave a presentation on recent developments and Council initiatives across the Borough and outlined some of the exciting projects that are planned over the next few years.  This is a link to the Sarisbury Green Community Action Team presentation PDF (15 MB).

Questions from the floor

Q: Could you provide an update following the incident at the War Memorial please?

A: The individual responsible has been identified, and we are in contact with them and their insurance provider.  Specialist work will be needed to ensure that the Memorial and surrounding area is fixed appropriately.  We will ensure that this is completed in time for Armistice Day.

Q: I notice another bank is closing in Park Gate – a lot of these spaces remain empty.

A: There are several properties to let along Middle Road, but they will be successfully let in time.  Some new food and drink outlets have opened in Middle Road recently.

Q: There is a noticeable problem with rats on the northern side of the Locks Heath Centre.  Can that be monitored and managed?

A: Please let the Council Enforcement team know and they can visit the site.  There is a need to treat the cause – fly tipping, food waste, etc – as well as the problem.  Councillor Bayford was able to confirm to the meeting that she had met with the Senior Enforcement Officer on site earlier today to discuss the issue.

Q: Can you provide an update on the work at Whiteley Way please?

A: The last estimate was that the route from Curbridge through to Tesco would open by 30 June.  This has been delayed and work is likely to continue until Christmas.

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