The Police Panel scrutinises the Police Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, and this was its AGM, electing Gedling Labour Councillor David Ellis as its vice-chair. My points – * Safer Meadows – surprised by the N Post calm and Paddy reported that the stats had come for a slightly strange interpretation of a Police UK web-site; nevertheless, there has been progress after the 3 month spate of stabbings last year; * part of the reason for progress in The Meadows has been the removal of a BT phone box from Bridgeway Shopping Centre; but this has brought pressure on other sties in The Meadows including on Risley Drive; BT resist disabling parts of the service provided that triggers the drug trade; and the sites has become the focus of rough living; so I asked for help with BT from Paddy Tipping and the Chief Constable; * other businesses need to take more responsibility too; NCP car parks are vulnerable to false alarms being triggered, but despite charging £4 an hour, and suffering 2 significant fires at Stoney Street (albeit from car electrical failures), they don’t staff car parks and take too long to reset alarm systems; * problems with the licensing of taxis by neighbouring boroughs, to passenger safety and organisation were rehearsed; * Paddy Tipping announced that the enforcement of the peace around the fracking test site in the North of Nottinghamshire has cost Notts Police £900,000; whilst a lot, the style of policing meant the costs had been lower there than elsewhere and there had been no arrests; one wonders when the fracking companies will acknowledge how more difficult fracking is with Britain’s geology?; * given the new emphasis on tackling climate change, I asked what the Police commitment was; answer is vehicle choice is still too difficult; but ground source (water from abandoned mines) heating was being planned for the extension to Sherwood Lodge;.
Other points – * Police slightly overspent last year; a cross-authority initiative to save money had failed; and the need to improve 101 services and staffing had prompted over-spends that many savings elsewhere; spending overall remains under-control; The Police are using the extra precept levied to pay for 40 extra officers – 33 for serving neighbourhoods and. 7 for tackling robberies; the Police are still having to make £3 million of cuts; * 101 service has improved (disconnections down by 60%)cos of higher recruitment; note, the free is to be made free again next year; * latest inspection. of Notts Police has improved to “good” from “requiring improvement”, partly cos of extra dedicated spend; * knife crime is a concern- 8-9% increase in Notts., c.f. 11% increase nationally; Notts is receiving £1.5m and is hoping for 2 more awards.
The drug dealing had been blatant, a phone box (now removed) had become a focus to the trade and there was spate of stabbings between what appeared to be the dealings. The stabbings have stopped since June – after the public meeting we’d called – and it has felt better. But we are still concerned about the health and welfare of people on the street.
From a Nottingham Post article on proposal for 422 student flats accommodation between Mansfield Street and York Road. The accommodation is needed, but the rear views are a tad monolithic. Councillor Mike Edwards, who represents the Bridge ward for Labour, added: “The tops of the buildings are just blocks with straight lines, and it’s just not good enough. “We need some approach that makes the tops of the building more interesting. “I don’t want to send a signal to say we don’t support this, but I do want to send a signal that says the top of these buildings needs to be better.”
49 killed. – Came home, just, to hear the tail-end of a pundit on BBC News tv saying Muslims can do more to tackle the aspects of their beliefs that lead to terrorism. Well maybe, maybe not. – But imagine my surprise when the news explains the culprit was a white Australian right-winger. – So some focus please. – And arrests for those sharing the videos and those publishing comments supporting the killing. – and I’ve just been told by a journalist “we’ve got to change our behaviour”. No, we’ve got to prosecute those who’ve done it and encouraged it.
Now, no doubt there are things for social media suppliers to tackle. But they should not be the focus. It’s those that did and those that encouraged it who should be prioritised. – The BBC are not helping by dumbing down their output. This morning’s explanation of Parliament not being able to reach a resolution is an example of that. – And yesterday morning’s chat show finished with a man repeatedly shouting down the line that those who were supporting Remain were guilty of treachery. The media wind people up and then let the hatred spread. – So enough of the we care line from them. Please, a focus showing people at our best, and being at their best even when they disagree. – But that’s for after those who encouraged the massacre are found.
The graphic exaggerates to make the point, but the point needs making. BBC tv, who I don’t take to be biased between left and right, but did have this hand-wringing stuff suggesting we were all at fault for this one; and we are not. So yeah, if the culprit is charged, and his helpers, then prosecute all those who liked the transmissions and egged the murderer on as well.