Criticism for L&Q as Neighbourhood Action Group relaunches
The neighbourhood policing team say the first meeting of a relaunched Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) meeting was well represented by local residents and key members of the community when it met on April 28. However, there has been criticism of Housing Association L&Q for not playing a more active role.
Concerns about local anti social behaviour dominated discussions at the first meeting of the new Neighbourhood Action Group, with young people in possession of catapults remaining an issue.
Neighbourhood policing lead PC James Senior reported that some progress is being made. He told the meeting that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.
“I am currently investigating three persons that were found in possession of catapults and I continue to urge local residents to report these acts of vandalism. We are sending out a clear message that possession of such items is prohibited and that positive action will be taken.”
The team have held regular meetings with London and Quadrant Housing (L&Q) and Slough Borough Council(SBC) to address the issue and on April 29 held a multi-agency visit to all residents in Moreland Avenue, Moreland Close and Drift Way. This was very well received by local residents and will be carried out again soon.
Nevertheless L&Q have come in for criticism from some quarters, with one resident (ColnMikeN) posting on the Observer website:
“It was a great pity that L & Q did not attend the first reconstituted NAG meeting in Colnbrook. I do hope that this is not a sign of the housing association’s level of commitment to the residents of Colnbrook. To some of us the slogan “Creating places where people want to live” rings a bit hollow, especially with our unlit streets at night. This a.s.b. activity will only be addressed by all agencies working together.”
The initial terms of the NAG were set at the first meeting but detailed priorities will not be drawn up until the next meeting. The neighbourhood team says it aims to have representatives of various partner agencies present at meetings.
While it is pleased with the initial response the neighbourhood team is encouraging more members of the community to enlist, saying “it is not too late to join the NAG”.
If you are interested in being part of the NAG contact the local team on 101 to register your interest.