Residents have their say at first police surgery

Sidmouth library hosts a monthly police surgery. Carol Pentacost from the library with Janet Quinn f

Sidmouth library hosts a monthly police surgery. Carol Pentacost from the library with Janet Quinn from Trading Standards and PCSO Chris Bolsover. Ref shs 7749-07-14AW. Picture: Alex Walton - Credit: Archant

Dog fouling, boy racers and cycling in the dark with no lights were some of the concerns Sidmouth residents voiced at the first ‘Have Your Say’ surgery.

The Sidmouth Neighbourhood Policing Team held the drop-in session at Sidmouth Library and invited Janet Quinn, from Devon and Somerset Trading Standards, to speak at the surgery last Wednesday.

PCSO Chris Bolsover said: “It has been great to see so many people come along today. It is important that members of the community come and voice their concerns and also get to know members of the local neighbourhood policing team.

“We will be looking into the issues raised and, where appropriate, passing information on to other agencies.”

The officer added he was delighted by the turnout and hoped that it would grow as ‘word gets around’.

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Members of the public also raised concerns about dogs being out of control in The Byes and on the promenade, vehicles parking on drop kerbs and road tax.

Local neighbourhood watch co-ordinators also came along to discuss various issues.

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Library supervisor Carol Pentecost said: “The surgery has been very successful and is well worth doing. It provides a service to our community and shows that the library has lots to offer, not just books.”

The next town centre session will be in the library on Wednesday, March 18, between 10am and noon.

Members of the community are invited to attend and discuss their concerns at any of the following meeting points on Thursday, February 26:

Sidbury, Cotford, 9.45am,

Sidford, Country House, 10.15am

Harcombe Lane, 10.45am

Warren’s Mead, 11.25am

Stowford Rise ,12.30pm

Salcombe Regis Church, 1.45pm

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