Meeting over lack of policing in village

PUBLISHED: 18:00 19 September 2012

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COUNCILLORS from Banwell will meet with the top police officer in North Somerset about a perceived lack of policing in the village.

The Mercury reported last month that members of Banwell Parish Council have been unhappy with the level of policing in the village since a reorganisation of police beats in the district.

Parish council chairman Liz Shayler, clerk Kevin Barrett, councillor Paul Bateman and North Somerset Council representative Tim Marter will now meet Chief Superintendent Julian Moss from Avon and Somerset Constabulary on September 27.

At the meeting on August 13 councillors said there had been a noticeable drop in the number of police officers in the village over the past 12 months, suggesting that was due to the reorganisation of the beats this year.

Banwell is now covered by a larger team which also operates in Worle and other surrounding villages.

In a letter to Chief Supt Moss, Cllr Marter said: “There is a general feeling in the community that there is little point in reporting minor crime as nothing is achieved by the effort.

“There seems to be a complete lack of focus towards providing a visible presence and reassurance to the public.

“I believe you are failing to adhere to your own ‘strategic policing plan’ and there is a clear inequality in policing to the rural community who generally pay more per dwelling for the police and receive a lesser level of service than the larger towns.

“This is not a fair and equable distribution if there is a negative difference achieved, and the public are losing confidence.”

Among the concerns raised by Cllr Marter were an increased number of burglaries in the village in recent months, and that beat surgeries were only held rarely in the village nowadays.

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