February 4, 2009
Burnham police hold street
briefing to address Marine Drive problems
police held a public meeting on Wednesday (February 4th) in response
to mounting concerns about vandalism, speeding and crime in Marine
'street briefing' was held at the Park Ranger's Office in Apex
Park and was attended by residents, police and local councillors.
comes after Burnham-On-Sea.com first reported
in January how Marine Drive residents' windows had been attacked
by vandals and follows problems with speeding traffic and anti-social
Wednesday's meeting, local residents aired their concerns and
heard from Neighbourhood Police Team Sergeant Sgt Ian Kennett
about what is being done by local police to tackle the issues.
reassured residents that work is underway to resolve the issues,
saying: "Many actions have already been put into place, including
regular patrols of the area, targeted high visibility patrols,
targeted speed checks, the application of a mobile CCTV camera,
and alcohol seizures."
added that there had been just one incident reported to police
in Marine Drive during the last two months and eight in the last
six months. Residents were urged to report incidents so that the
true scale of the problems is recorded.
at Wednesday's meeting complained about drunks using the road
between 2-4am at weekends, noise issues, damage to property, anti-social
behaviour, speeding and the use of mini motorbikes in nearby Apex
They added, however, that the closure of the gates at the park
in the evenings had helped to reduce problems. Suggestions for
improvements included the installation of lights in the car park;
the launch of a CCTV camera and a traffic speed camera to record
average speeds along the whole road.
possibility of launching a Neighbourhood Watch scheme and a Speedwatch
scheme, similar to the one in Burnham's Rosewood estate, is also
councillor Cllr Joe Leach, who has campaigned on behalf of Marine
Drive residents, told Burnham-On-Sea.com after Wednesday's meeting:
"I think it went well, particularly because locals got to
speak to their local police, and are feeling more reassured."
problems we are encountering can be dealt with as a community
and all are prepared to help. We are having an evening meeting
on February 25th to establish a Speedwatch and I look forward
to working with all residents and our police to sort out these
problems once and for all. We will never stop all the problems,
but our aim is to reduce the amount of issues, and help residents
feel safer in their homes."
photos show (top) residents, police and councillors at Wednesday's
street briefing and (beneath) residents listening on as the meeting