'What we want'

A SPECIAL blueprint - highlighting the issues people in Nailsea want to see tackled by police - has been drawn up by community safety leaders

A SPECIAL blueprint - highlighting the issues people in Nailsea want to see tackled by police - has been drawn up by community safety leaders.Nailsea Local Action Team (LAT) has drawn up the Neighbourhood Policing Resident Protection Policy which sets out a series of priorities for people living in the town. The document was drawn up using feedback from a crime and disorder survey carried out by the LAT two years ago, which showed residents were concerned about issues including speeding, antisocial behaviour and underage drinking.The policy will now go to Nailsea Town Council where local councillors will be asked to endorse it.It will then go before local police who will be asked to include it in their Neighbourhood Policing initiative, due to come into force next year.The blueprint says:* Residents have a right to the peaceful enjoyment of their homes.* The local environment should be protected to prevent invasion by travellers, excessive or illegal noise and other polluting and unsightly irritants.* All residents should be protected from threat of violence, antisocial behaviour and domestic and street crime.* Young people need to be protected from alcohol and drug abuse and the no drinking zones enforced.* Pavements and rights of ways kept clear for pedestrians and bylaws enforced by police.* Speed limits maintained on all local roads, especially those near schoolsNailsea LAT chairman John Hunter said: "This policy, which is still in its draft form, sets the parameters for the issues which the residents of Nailsea are principally concerned about."Once these issues are clear then strategies can be drawn up to deal with them."North Somerset Police Sector Inspector Steve Date said consultation would be taking place with a wide range of community groups before any police priorities were set.Inspector Date said: "What is important is we get a clear view from a wide range of community groups, local organisations, councillors and the public before our priorities are set as part of the neighbourhood policing plan. The LAT is just one of the groups we will be consulting with.


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