Plan to tackle behaviour issue
Report by Bob Horrocks
A working group is being proposed in order to draw up a plan to tackle anti-social behaviour in the area.
The initiative was announced at an open meeting, called to discuss the issue, by Kerry Clare, the anti-social behaviour team manager on Welwyn Hatfield Council.
The working group would involve all interested parties and together they would decide on the best course of action for tackling all anti-social behaviour from littering to dog mess.
But local residents, attending the meeting at St Mary’s school, Welham Green, were warned by Councillor John Dean, leader of Welwyn Hatfield Council, that unless local residents become involved the initiative will fail.
“Nothing will happen unless villagers want it to happen,” he told the meeting.
About 50 people attended the meeting including the local county councillor, Welwyn Hatfield councillors, parish councillors, the police, officers from various local authority departments, the chair of the school governors, and local residents.
Although not as large a turn out as expected, councillor Dean said it was high compared to similar meetings held in other parts of Welwyn Hatfield.
Subjects discussed included:
Residents of the nearby retirement home said they had good relationships with the primary school children but asked what changed these ‘little angels’ into ‘yobs’?
The meeting was told that anti-social behaviour must be reported to the police or council otherwise the authorities will must assume there was none.
Local councillor Keith Pieri offered to take calls if the police or council could not be contacted.
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8 August 2007
Anti-social behaviour meeting