Councillors Robin and Burdett met with Council officers to discuss the new City Beach development. On the agenda was health and safety which Kursaal Ward Conservative Councillors had requested.
Blaine and Louise put forward that a ‘risk assessment’ be carried out on the area as residents have mentioned their fears over safety in some parts of the area. Possible ideas for the future use of the space was also discussed. Cllr Burdett said: “This is a great development and has transformed this area. We just now need to make sure that it fulfills its full potential”.
Police maps in Southend have revealed that ‘Robberies are on the rise’ , with 40 per cent more robberies being committed in the area. Police are now targeting the town centre areas in peak times. But, what I would like to see is simply more bobbies on the beat!
Ask any resident and I am sure they would agree that there need to be more police patrolling our neighbourhoods. Instead we rely on cheep policing in the form of Special constables. Statistics show that Southend is a relatively safe town, but it’s not statistics we’re interested in and neither are the people who have been burgled .
The Government are prepared to spend money on ID cards, which arguably won’t bring any more security to our streets. I would like to see them put this money into our police force, take away the bureaucracy and make their job easier to do.
With our country in a recession we’re likely to see a rise in crime figures including burglary and bringing more police officers to our neighbourhoods could go some way to stopping crime.
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