Residents have decided the three most important issues for the police and community safety partner agencies to tackle in Ashey and Newchurch.
The Rural East Safer Neighbourhoods team hosted a meeting of the newly formed Local Action Group (LAG) for the community during January 2011.
The LAG consists of members of the public who live and work in the Ashey and Newchurch policing beat area.
The group recommended that youth provision should be a priority to encourage more facilities and positive activities for local young people.
An increase in high visibility patrols around Newchurch Primary School was suggested as a priority to deal with concerns about traffic congestion and the behaviour of motorists around the start and end of the school day.
Double white line road markings and ‘Give Way’ signs were requested to reinforce safety on Mersley Down Road near the junctions with Knighton Shute and Lime Kiln Shute.
Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Katy Berry of the Rural East Safer Neighbourhoods team said: “We’re pleased with the interest shown by people in telling us about the issues that matter most to the community.
“Safer Neighbourhoods teams are dedicated to providing an excellent service by having an active presence in every area of the island. Police work alongside partner agencies to take action in response to residents’ priorities.
“Regular meetings of the Local Action Group will take place in future so the public is kept informed about our progress in tackling these priorities. We always welcome the involvement of more residents to make sure they feel part of the policing that’s keeping their community safe.”
Daniel Clarke, deputy member of the UK Youth Parliament said: “Local Action Groups are a great opportunity for youths to get involved in their local community, and to get views of young people across. Also in my local area (Newchurch, Winford, Havenstreet and Ashey) myself as a youth managed to get improved youth provisions on the Winford estate as a priority to tackle anti-social behaviour in that area. It shows that young people getting involved can make a real difference to their local community.”
For more information about the Local Action Group (LAG), please contact the Rural East Safer Neighbourhoods team at Ryde Police Station by phoning 101 or emailing email@example.com