Monday nights Dawley & Hamlets PACT meeting at the Oak Tree Centre was a bit of a wake. With more police and local associations present than residents from the surrounding areas. The three people who attended were from Lightmoor Village so no one from Horsehay attended at all. The PACT meeting moved from Horsehay Village Hall to the Oak Tree Centre at the begining of the year and was not a popular move with attendees from outside the village, making their feelings about it clear to the Dawley & Hamlets Parish Councillors at the time. With no Dawley & Hamlets Councillors or anybody from outside our village and less than a handful from the village it doesn’t seem much point having the meeting at least in that format.
Feedback from our local Police team from items residents raised at the last meeting in February:
- Residents had found phoning the Police to report an incident that the call centre system used did not recognise our village postcodes and you’d be required to give directions to the village. This has now been resolved and West Mercia have added over 30,000 addresses since this issue was raised.
- Along with that our local Police team asked when calling in an incident please also say “The new estate off Woodlands Lane”.
- One of the officers mentioned the Fire Service use a different system. This should be raised with Bournville/LV Residents Association/our Parish Councillors to get the Fire Service communications people to check this. Might as well get the Ambulance Service to confirm as well. Happy for any of the persons/groups I mentioned to contact to discuss in more detail.
- Speeding: Police have spoken to Bournville, Contractors and the School about this issue. Also they’ve been out on different days and times with a speed gun in the village. Asked if we could get a few figures of the different speeds recorded.
- They mentioned that the school children are being engaged with to design their own poster that will hopefully be turned into a sign to indicate to drivers to take extra care.
- They have issued multiple warnings to residents/contractors/Bournville about parking of vehicles.
- A young girl playing outside the the school popped into the meeting with PC Nally when she arrived a little later and the young girl explained how the village is a nice place to live and quiet but no where for the kids to play. The officer walked the young girl back out to her friends and later we discussed the current lack of facilities open to the children. The local police team think it should be a priority to get the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) at the Woodlands Park side of the school open to the village children even if for a limited number of hours in the evening.
- Local Police team would also like a Bournville respresentative to attend the PACT meetings at the Oak Tree Centre as they have play such a large part in the village.
The following members of our police team attended, PC Jennifer Nally (Local Police Officer), Rebecca Dunn (Local Police Officer) and Chris Barrett (CSO). I’d like to thank them for their time and work on previous issues reported.
Click this link for detail on our Dawley and Hamelets Local Policing Team.
You can view the priorities the Police team takes from PACT meetings as they are published on their web page.
The Dawley & Hamlets PACT meetings cover Dawley, Little Dawley, Horsehay, Aqueduct, Lightmoor, Doseley, Dawley Bank and Spring Village. You can find the dates and venues for upcoming PACT meetings here. The next one at the Oak Tree Centre (3rd October) is in the What’s On Calendar on Lightmoor Life’s top menu bar.