Monthly Archives: December 2013

Queen Elizibeth Gardens update

Horsell residents will be aware that work is well under way on the extension to Horsell Village Hall the building of a new Scout Hut and a new car park for people using these facilities as well as the landscaping of the surrounding area which has been amended after four local ladies raised a petition for the removal of the now famous but disappearing mound. I would like to take this opportunity to thank WBC and its officersfor the time, effort and money they have spent on Horsell, enhancing the facilities for our community.

As part of this development there is going to be an hard standing play area (muga) to the rear of the Scout hut. I met with some residents over Saturday and Sunday who have some concerns about this hard standings location. They feel that because of its location behind the scout hut it will attract the wrong type of people and as a result local mums will not let their children and teenagers play there.

My personnel view (which I have communicated to the residents in question) is that the children and youth of horsell deserve what ever facilities we can give them and I don’t see why the majority should be denied because of the minority. I believe the more public we make an area with public foot paths and play areas we will drive the undesirables away, and I am happy to work with the residents of horsell defending our facilities.

This is not about money, WBC have won a grant from the London Marathon Charitable Trust for the muga.

Let me have your feedback,

Do your think we need a hard standing play area

Mums will you let your children and teenagers play there.

Police Ride Along

On Friday 20th December I had the privilege of riding along with PC Rebecca Holder and PC Matt Hart two of out community officers for Woking. There (our) evening started at 6pm at their base within WBC office’s, catching up on all the day’s information from the area, what warrants had been issued and who was being looked for and what crimes had been committed etc. After they had accumulated all this information we had a briefing from the sergeant and then hit the road. When they are not responding to the publics call for assistance they are patrolling out neighbourhoods and keeping them safe. We patrolled shops and car parks throughout Woking from Horsell to Brookwood round to Pyrford and West Byfleet and all points in-between.  We often stopped and got out of the vehicles talking to the young and not so young, making sure everybody was safe and not doing anything they should not be. After five and a half hours of this we returned to base for a quick lunch break and the focus changed to the Town centre where we joined the other officers on foot patrol. For the next three hours we patrolled the town centre talking to club door staff, break up a few heated arguments before they became full fights, talking to a couple of homeless young people. The whole evenings purpose was about prevention, being seen and intervening before it gets out of hand. I was impressed with the level of communication between the Police, the Street Angels and the door staff. When you get a mix of alcohol and groups of people in high spirits there will always be flash points ,its human nature but they do a great job of trying to be at the right place at the right time.

So next time you are out and about perhaps drinking and having a good time or just on your way home, remember our local Police force are real people with homes and family’s who are putting themselves on the front line to keep our streets safe, so smile say hello and join me in wishing them all a Marry Christmas and a very safe and Happy New Year.