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Commissioner Dhindsa goes on night patrol in Matlock

Late night noise and antisocial behaviour in Matlock is being taken up by Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa following his patrol of the area with members of the Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Having met local residents at the launch of his draft Police and Crime Plan, he was pleased to meet with local business people on his late night walkabout, set up in response to complaints from people living nearby. After meeting local bar owners and managers on Dales Road, observing the siting of the taxi rank and walking around the nearby serenity garden and park, he is now planning to meet the local council leader to see if solutions can be speeded up.

“A public meeting held recently to discuss these matters was well attended, though it appears that ideas put forward for resolving the issues were largely repeating what had been previously suggested,” he said. “Residents tell me that since then the situation has remained the same. They need to see action.

“There were no disturbances during my night shift visit but that is not, I am told, always the case. What residents need is for solutions to be pursued – and quickly – by partners working together.”

Suggestions for dealing with the nuisances include moving the taxi rank, closing the park gate at night and working with the bar managers and other businesses.

“As it is, people are still suffering from noise at the taxi rank at closing time, nuisance problems in the sensory garden and then, in the early hours, the crunch and crash of empties being thrown into bins,” the Commissioner pointed out.

“I am committed to helping move things forward on this matter so that solutions are found for local residents. This will include bringing together local councillors and officers, community safety teams and local policing. A multi-agency approach such as this is known to be highly successful in resolving local issues.”

Mr Dhindsa’s response to the complaints and his pursuit of solutions reflect his strategic priorities in his Draft Police and Crime Plan. In this he promises “to work with partners to develop solutions to tackle issues of ASB in order to improve the quality of life for local people.”



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Posted on Monday 12th September 2016
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