Anti-Social Behaviour in Walton
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Good news! Action has been taken by the JAG on Walton and the issues we've been facing with ASB. Read the full report and proposal regarding a PSPO (Public Space Protection Order) via the file below. In short, EBC Cabinet will decide on 21st Sept if a public consultation will be undertaken. If so it will be done via an online Snapsurvey from 25/9/17-23/10/17. Then the proposal and results of the consultation will go to EBC Cabinet to be resolved on 15/11/17. If and when the survey goes live, as many people as possible need to fill it in! We'll keep you posted...
Check out this great report by the Hersham Hub on recently published crime figures for Elmbridge: CRIME IN ELMBRIDGE
Click here for : CRIME MEETING - 10th MAY - FULL REPORT
5th May 2017
Summary of a VISUAL AUDIT TOUR OF WALTON with police, council, local Walton Central Councillors, WoTTA & concerned businesses
AREAS OF CONCERN IN WALTON
Accommodation Street (behind High Street shops/Wellington Pub)
Being used as a fly-tipping zone as well as an area where people congregate to drink etc. Wellington Pub looking like it will be developed soon, which might improve the situation. Council to organise a deep clean of the area and to keep a closer eye on it.
Everyone agreed there should be more litter bins in the park. In the past the council have said they don’t have money for the revenue costs involved in emptying more bins, but it must cost them more in time) to pay someone to pick up all the litter that is a daily occurrence in the park - mostly around the benches.
The cricket club suffers from Friday/Saturday ASB during the entire year, and nightly during the holidays. This Easter activity appears to be reaching the worst levels ever seen. Many appear to be under age and drinking alcohol illegally. The police are planning to target the places suggested as selling this alcohol.
WoTTA, the cricket club and Vision On Systems are promoting Walton Watchdog as an easy alternative for local people to report all types of ASB, on their computer or via their phone. Once reported via the WoTTA website, Vision On will then log these reports on the required council sites, if not already done. They want to build a picture of the town to help get action taken.
Walton Cricket Club are very frustrated with the situation and want a clear indication of what will be done to improve it.
At present the Youth Centre is not open at the weekends. All agreed it would be a good idea to investigate opening Friday & Saturday evenings, possibly to an over 14 crowd only.
In the year since our last ASB tour nothing has been done in this car park and unacceptable behaviour continues, with items being thrown off the car park, people sitting on the dangerously low ledge etc. The council suggested closing the car park at night. This would require a revenue cost to be met by the council to have it open and shut.
WoTTA will organise a meeting with the police and local businesses/residents groups/sports groups who are keen to start a dialogue about how to crack down on Walton being perceived as the go-to place for young people to cause trouble.
Walton-on-Thames is a lovely place to live. And we'd all like to make sure it stays that way. Unfortunately ASB occurring in the town has been brought to our attention, so on the 18th May 2016 WoTTA met with council representatives, the police, concerned local residents and representatives from Sainsburys, the Princess Alice Charity Shop, Wilko, Homebase, Walton-on-Thames Cricket Club, Honeypot Nursery and McDonalds.
Major areas of concern in Walton-on-Thames are the alleyway and area behind the Wellington Pub, Druitts Car Park, and Ashley Park and the Cricket Club, although ASB is also occurring in Sainsburys, Starbucks, McDonalds and along the Homebase border. The situation at both Druitts Car Park and the Cricket Club has become unacceptable and action needs to be taken immediately.
After a three hour discussion and walk about the town, it was concluded that it is necessary to get a body of evidence together to ensure action will be taken at the council and police level. Some people have given up reporting incidents to the 101 number as they haven’t seen any action from their reports, or can’t get through. At present an incident needs to be reported to the police and the council separately. A solution was suggested in the form of Facewatch - an online initiative approved by the Home Office which the whole town can use to report issues, both via the Facewatch website and app. We are actively looking into this. A complimentary option is to also get the police to create a Niche Report - a multi-agency working document logging all incident reports.
However, it is apparent there is an on-going problem with ASB in Walton, which seemingly has got worse since the local police station closed. Just reporting the issues won’t make them go away. We talked about trying to change the attitude being exhibited at present by:
2017 Tour with police, council & local Councillors
If you'd like to join our ASB committee, whether a trader or concerned resident, please contact us. And please feel free to send us your comments on ASB in Walton.
Read a great article about it here: www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/walton-residents-must-unite-against-11429717