April 27, 2009
Police priorities in
Burnham and Highbridge agreed
at public meetings
of residents in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge have attended public
meetings over the last few days to set local police's priorities
for the coming three months.
PACT (Partners and Communities Together) meetings held at Burnham
Town Council Chambers and in Highbridge's Community Hall, as pictured
here, have given people a chance to influence policing of their
priorities for Burnham North over the next few months will be
tackling anti-social behaviour in Manor Gardens and addressing
speeding in Berrow Road.
Burnham South, residents decided that police should address parking
issues in Hudson Street, anti-social behaviour in the High Street
after pub closing times, underage drinking along The Esplanade,
and anti-social driving on the seafront.
priorities for Highbridge will be a continuing crackdown on drug
dealing in the town and fly tipping.
Kennett told Burnham-On-Sea.com after the meetings: "I believe
that the PACT process has enabled us to make significant progress
in tackling antisocial behaviour. The public can have confidence
that they can voice their opinion and can expect there to be positive
action taken wherever possible."
added: "We have already started to deal with the Hudson Street
issue with 3 fixed penalty tickets being issued this morning when
a refuse lorry was obstructed from entering Hudson Street along
with another ticket for no car tax."
issues raised this week will be now be considered with our partners
and I am confident that we will continue to make an impact on
crime and disorder in Burnham and Highbridge."
Kennett gave those present at the meetings feedback on how police
are tackling the priorities set earlier in the year.
in Berrow Road
Burnham North, the issue of speeding in Ash Tree Road and Berrow
Road was the number one issue. Sgt
Kennet said: "A meeting was held with Sedgemoor and Highways
and speed checks were carried out in Ash Tree Road that show that
there is no excess speed. A Speed Indicator Device, which flashes
when the speed limit is exceeded, has been used in Berrow Road,
along with Police and Safety Camera Partnership enforcement, and
the results of the speeding data will be available at the end
tackling anti-social behaviour in Manor Gardens, Sgt Kennett said:
"A permanent CCTV camera is being installed in the near future
which has been jointly funded by the police, Sedgemoor District
Council and Burnham and Highbridge Town Council."
issues on footpaths in the High Street were also among the top
issues earlier in the year. He told the meeting: "Operation
Glitter saw 46 people being stopped for cycling offences, of which
42 persons purchased new lights and four were prosecuted."
the issue of speeding in Marine Drive and The Esplanade, he said
work was continuing here to try and tackle the issues. "A
further multi-agency meeting was held on 2nd April and Somerset
Highways have stated that the cost of traffic calming would be
in excess of £70,000 and there is no budget for this."
"We are now looking at the possibility of funding a CCTV
or ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) camera in partnership
with Sedgemoor District Council, Burnham and Highbridge Town Council
and Bourne Leisure."
anti-social behaviour issues in Rosewood Park, Sgt Kennett said
the play area at Rosewood Park has now been fenced to prevent
youths climbing over.
drug dealing in Highbridge, he confirmed that seven raids had
been carried out in seven days in Burnham and Highbridge, with
eight people being arrested.
"Heroin, amphetamines and cannabis have been recovered as
well as several thousand tablets of class C drugs with an estimated
street value of £4,500. Stolen property and over £3,000
cash has been recovered and a child has been taken into police
protection following concerns for their welfare," he told
And he added: "A 22 year old unemployed man from Highbridge
was charged with attempted robbery and several days later with
a shop burglary and is now in custody awaiting trial. Both offences
were drug related and he was arrested on seven occasions before
he was finally remanded in custody by the courts."
"A second drugs raid at a flat in Church Street was carried
out in April and further class C drugs were recovered and a 30-year-old
man was arrested and is on bail. He has since been charged with
drugs and theft offences from the previous raid."
regards to tackling Marine Drive speeding, Sgt Kennett said: "A
meeting was held with Sedgemoor and the Highways department. Speed
check data showed that it was below the threshold level for use
of a Speed Indicator Device, which flashes when the speed limit
the police have requested for this location to be added to those
sites where this device is used in the forthcoming programme of
traffic officers and the Safety Camera Partnership staff have
been deployed and at least 20 speeding tickets have been issued.
A street briefing and a public meeting were also held."