New police inspector to address community meeting

Safer and Stronger Community GroupThe new police inspector for the Filton Neighbourhood Area, which includes Bradley Stoke, is expected to address a meeting of the Safer and Stronger Community Group on Tuesday evening.

Inspector Bob Evely recently replaced Inspector Simon Ellis, who has taken up a post at police HQ.

Other recent changes on the Bradley Stoke Beat saw PC Steven Palmer taking over the role of Beat Manager.

Inspector Evely says:

“I live nearby and know the area quite well, but now I’ll be working with my team to make sure I understand the issues facing our communities so that we can tackle neighbourhood priorities effectively. There is a great team here and I want to make sure they continue to be accessible to everyone in their neighbourhood.”

“I want to make sure we are doing the right thing by the right people. I consider the community to be part of the team – local people must play their part if we are to find long-term solutions to the problems affecting our neighbourhood and ensure everyone feels and is safe.”

Also due to address the meeting is Willow Brook Centre Manager, Scott Lahive, who may have something to say about issues recently highlighted by the local police.

Bradley Stoke Beat Manager, PC Palmer, is quoted as saying:

“A small number of local youths have been responsible for most of the anti-social behaviour in the town centre and are starting to get involved in crime. I have already caught one youth driving a stolen moped who has been charged to Court, and I am building evidence to seek ASBOs on others in this group.”

Mr Lahive will be able to report that car parking issues at the centre have eased, now that demolition of the old Tesco store is complete. Residents will no doubt be keen to hear news on prospective tenants of phase 2 of the town centre development, which is due to open in the Summer.

Safer and Stronger Group Chairperson, Julie Snelling, told The Journal that she expects plans for the forthcoming celebration of International Women’s Day and local street lighting issues (at Winsbury Way) to also figure in discussions at the meeting.

Neighbours of the Jubilee Green, Savages Wood Road, where a new Beacon play park is to be built, can be expected to once more voice their fears that the park could be plagued by vandalism and anti-social behaviour. A recent “consultation” meeting saw residents demanding that the park be secured by a high fence, so that it could be closed off at night.

The Safer and Stronger Community Group meeting takes place on Tuesday (17th February) at the Jubilee Centre, Savages Wood Road, starting at 7pm.

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