Nigel Long

Liberal Democrat Campaigner for St. Mary's Ward, Andover Learn more

PACT Meeting for Vigo Recreation Ground

by nigellong on 10 July, 2012

Andover Bowling Club, Vigo Recreation Ground

Andover Bowling Club, Vigo Recreation Ground

This evening I attended a meeting to try & address some of the problems that local residents are having in this area. The Recreation ground is an area where there are two main problems.

Environmental- A large amount of litter is left by users of the area. Plus the unpleasant remains of people allowing their dogs to foul in the park & not clearing up afterwards.

Anti Social behavior- Groups in the park late at night- noise disturbance, alcohol problems.

The meeting was chaired by Sergeant Noble, Andover police. Also attending were your Local Cllrs, Community safety officers, residents association & local residents. The main aim of tonights meeting was to try & establish a PACT for the area. PACT = PARTNERS & COMMUNITIES TOGETHER. Identify local community priorities, aim to find resolutions through an agreed action plan.

Some of the ideas that I suggested at this meeting were to look into the possibility of moving bench’s by the the hedge & reposition them elsewhere in the park. Thus making it quieter for residents. Get the enforcement officers at TVBC  to fine people who allow their dog to foul the area, plus the people who litter in the park. Word would soon  spread. Clear up after your visit or dog, or be  faced with a fixed penalty  fine.

Also I would like to see more patrols on foot at different times by Police in evenings & weekends. WE also need you, local residents to report problems & get an incident number from the police. This way things can be traced & followed up.

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