You said, we did...
In September and October 2011 your Community Support Officers were involved in asking people in the River Streets of Chopwell what the issues that concerned them as residents.
The 3 main themes to come out of the survey were:
Dwelling house Burglary
Disorder/Crime and general annoyance associated with certain tenancies
Anti-social behaviour (ASB) associated to youths in the area.
What we have done
A greatly increased Police presence
Use of a variety of departments of the Police which has included Mounted section patrols as well as officers in plain clothes
Offenders have been arrested
Action is being taken against the tenancies of persons committing this sort of crime
We are closely monitoring new tenancies in conjunction with both the private landlord scheme and Gateshead Housing to help prevent offenders moving into the area
This work has led to a massive reduction in the number of offences.
We have worked closely with the landlord licensing scheme and have managed to evict a number of very problematic tenants from the River Streets. We continue to monitor the area very closely act on the information we receive.
Youth Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB)
Increased Hi-Profile patrols in the area
We have targeted a number of youths who were the main offenders
Court and Police bail conditions are being applied for when offenders are caught offending and are rigorously being enforced by Police
Again problem tenancies are being looked at and eviction is a possible consequence of being involved in anti-social behaviour.
What we continue to do
A theme of Operation WAYS has been community messaging. This is basically a quick and simple way of us keeping you updated about what is going on in your specific local area, by either voice message, text or e-mail. We have about 200 people in the Blackhall Mill & Chopwell area so far and will continue to build this number, we are now in a position to launch this facility and those signed up should receive the first messages in January 2012. If you are interested in joining community messaging please email Outer West Gateshead NPT or contact the Outer West Gateshead NPT using the 101 number.
During Operation WAYS 7th - 12th March, we asked residents of Blaydon what their issues were.
1. Anti Social behavior around the High Views Estate.
2. Complaints regarding inappropriate parking in the streets around St Thomas More School.