Week of action seen as a success

PCSO Mel Thomas
PCSO Mel Thomas

Police in Wellingborough will spend a month working on issues in each individual estate in the town as part of a new operation.

The estate-a-month project started recently on the John Lea Estate after surveys showed public confidence was low in the area.

It’s a joint operation with Wellingborough Council and Wellingborough Norse, the private company that provides street cleaning services to the council.

Officers and staff will work on issues reported by residents and then report their results at the end of the month.

Inspector Julie Mead, Wellingborough sector commander, said: “Our consultations tell us that there is low public confidence in John Lea Estate, which is why we have started with that area. It will be an ongoing programme carried out at all of the estates.

“People will be asked if they have any issues and if it’s an issue that we can help them with we will work on them and feed back the results – in the past we haven’t given feedback. But with this operation, in the fourth week of the cycle we will drop them a letter or knock on doors to tell them what we have been doing. It’s about giving residents that local information.”

It comes after people in Wellingborough were asked to fill in a police questionnaire asking what the main issues facing the town were.

Inspector Mead added: “Between August and October, 1,103 questionnaires to identify local priorities were submitted telling us that street nuisance, drunk people, vandalism, graffiti and other deliberate damage are all issues for them. But the majority of people were happy that there weren’t any issues.

“We have also reviewed whether our methods for setting locally identified priorities are efficient and genuinely reflect what concerns members of the public. With this in mind, we have reinstated our Joint Action Group meetings which will be held monthly. The two joint action groups will each represent three of Wellingborough’s wards and will identify the top priority for each individual ward.

“We will then spend the following month tackling that issue. But we need people to tell us what most concerns them, either on the police website, by talking to us on the street or at a Have Your Say event or surgery.”