Published: April 24, 2010
Dog fouling, speeding and pub licensing chosen as police priorities

Tackling speeding, dog fouling and monitoring pubs and clubs in Burnham-On-Sea have this week been chosen as the top priorities for police in the town.

The issues were set by members of the public at this week's quarterly police community meeting, held in the town council's chambers in Jaycroft Road.

Speeding in Marine Drive and along the South Esplanade will be the focus of police over the next three months, along with a further review of licensed premises in the town, and the tackling of ongoing dog fouling problems along footpaths and pavements.

The PACT Meeting (Police And Communities Together) also reviewed progress on the priorities set in Burnham at the first meeting of the year.

Kristy Blackwell, Community Safety Officer at Sedgemoor District Council, from Sedgemoor District Council reported that the council's dog wardens have had a few offenders brought to their attention. "These are currently being dealt with and have we asked the public to continue reporting any offenders," she said.

On the cleaning of alleyways, Mrs Blackwell reported that there have been "staffing issues" in the Clean Surroundings Team but she will request that they attend the next PACT meeting to give an update.

Sgt Ian Kennett gave an update at the meeting on the review of licensed premises conditions in Burnham, a priority that was set at February's meeting.

"As part of the monitoring of licensing premises, the police have been carrying out several activities - continuing to attend monthly Pubwatch meetings; promoting and monitoring RadioLink; and carrying out joint licensing visits with Sedgemoor District Council licensing officers, the SIA (Security Industry Authority) and the County Council's trading standards team," he said.

"In the last quarter, the licence for Krackers Bar in Brean was reviewed and new conditions were imposed covering an increase in doorstaff and improvements to CCTV."

"Separately, following an SIA operation, three managers and one member of doorstaff were formally cautioned for a total of five licensing offences, a licensee was fined over £500 for selling alcohol to an underage person and a Trading Standards operation found two under age sales being committed."

Wednesday's meeting was attended by 26 members of the public, plus PCSOs, Chairman Dave Regan, Deputy Chairman John Alexander from the Neighbourhood Watch group, Inspector Roger Tolley, Cllr Phoebe Harling, Cllr Arthur Thorogood and the District Council's Jay Capel. was the only local media present.


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