It’s been a melodramatic Festive Period in The Meadows, from the success of the Christmas Tree switch-on (we plan for a bigger event this year) to a break-in to the Co-Op on Christmas Day, some car accidents on Meadows Way and Wilford Grove.
Have been saying for some time that we are concerned about fewer secure jobs, more agency working, more low-hour contracts and fewer people receiving social security, tied in with more youngsters being turned away from mainstream schools might develop into something we’ve seen before and one aspect of this appears to be a number of locations where people are now reporting concerns about drug dealing and drug taking.
Poorer mental health services might also be leading to more time taken up in A&E etc. and even more suicides – 2 suspected in The Meadows in recent weeks.
Recognition in the New Year’s Honours and BBC Sports Personality of the Year (!) (community award) for boxing coach Marcellus Baz, who runs one of his clubs from Portland Leisure Centre. However, we are asking for proper proposals and proper finances before considering anything in the former eastern half of the Co-op supermarket (and for which we already have an expression of interest from another worthy cause).
The next big change to The Meadows will be the introduction of parking permits for residents, for many more streets in the New Meadows.
Current implementation date is 6th February and a lot of commuters, and some football fans are going to be taken aback by the change. Whilst good news for residents, we are already checking for possible knock-on consequences.
We’ve decided to ask for the removal of skips for clothes from the SW car park at Bridgeway – badly managed and the charities are unresponsive to requests for action.
A heritage board for Carrington Street has been set up; 2 local residents have joined.
Aprrox 1815 matters have been raised for tracking since 2011..