Hello Willingdon NW,
I have recently moved here. Thank you for your Autumn News Sheet; I look forward to coming to your meeting on 05 Sept.Re police 'disconnected' reporting, could there be hitches with crimes either: 'reported' (officially written down so it has to be logged on to official statistics), or 'unreported' (explained to police by the victim/s but not documented in writing by the police)?
You will know the exact facts. But this is just a thought - it made quite a difference to my understanding of neighbourhood police in London where I lived previously.
Dear Sylvia, Many thanks for the feedback, The Sussex NW federation is at this moment in timetrying to find out what the problems are regarding supplying watches with local crimeinformation, they are having talks with The Chief Constable, so we might soon have an answer. It would be nice to meet you at our next public meeting,
Hello Ray,Received your latest newsletter this week and read with interest the bit about Willingdon No Cold Calling Zone.I had a cold caller from the RSPCA on 11/07/16 (the RSPCA have incorrect date in their following email) who found it funny that he had disturbed me whilst I was asleep because feeling unwell.
It seems that the RSPCA can indeed call anytime they wish as the Willingdon No Cold Calling Zone "has not been set as an official NCCZ, as per TSI guidelines". Plus they add that "as charity fundraisers we are not considered as businesses therefore we are able to knock on doors in non official NCCZ's". So why on earth do we bother to have a No Cold Calling Zone in the first place? Added to which they say "We write to the local councils and the Police to advise them we will be in their area before any fundraising commences and we do ask them to notify us of any areas they would like us to avoid".
Well obviously the Police and local councils have not bothered to advise of the Willingdon No Cold Calling Zone otherwise the RSPCA would have avoided it!!So basically according to the RSPCA the Willingdon No Cold Calling Zone means nothing whatsoever and even if it did they can call anyway because they are a charity.To add insult to injury the chap who called at my house and found it funny that he had woken me up whilst I was unwell will not be spoken to direct because as the RSPCA say "Unfortunately without a name or description of the fundraiser we are unable to identify the individual so all fundraisers have been reminded that they are required to always be polite and professional at all times when speaking to residents as this is the behaviour that is expect from all fundraisers working on behalf of the RSPCA".
Surely there can not be hundreds of fundraisers in the area at one time and it would be easy to track down the chap by looking to see who had logged addresses in Church Street on that particular day and time. (I think his reason for calling was to get Direct Debits set up by householders).In all I have been fobbed off with an email from the RSPCA saying tough and we will not be doing anything about it.I have added two email communications between RSPCA and myself below for you to see the full extent of The RSPCA reply I received to my complaint.Whist on the subject why do we get so many doorstep callers who are ex-criminals going straight (as they put it) selling cleaning goods??
KJ KJ Tagliaferro
Many thanks for the feedback, I have never understood why, several years ago so much money was spent on placing No Cold Calling signs around Willingdon, when it must have been known at the time it was not legally enforceable. To help stop cold callers in the future I will put a front door sign through your letter box within the next few days, and hope it helps you. If we can be of any help in the future, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Very best Wishes,
Hello,Could you please remind dog walkers to pick up their dog's mess& dispose of it in the bins provided in the Wannock fields. It is gradually getting worse & is very unpleasant for anyone following in the footsteps of the lazy & thoughtless individuals.
M. Millington Sent from my iPad
Many thanks for your feedback,I have lived in many places during my lifetime, but never come across anywhere elsethat has so many dogs in their community , which speaks volumes for our animal loving residents.
In general, the majority of Dog owners I believe are very responsible, however, and unfortunatelythere are a very lazy and thoughtless minority that spoil the reputations of all the decent dog walkers.It is of course an offence to let your dog foul and not pick up and dispose of correctly, especially as bins have been provided for just that purpose. If of course you should see someone not clean upafter their dog, and if you know who they are it is possible to report them to Wealden District council.
PLEASE CLEAN UP AFTER YOUR POOCH !
Good afternoon, I've just been reading the willingdon neighbourhood watch letter and I would like to ask if it's possible to arrange a speed watch in Park Croft road as cars just cut through and the speeds they reach within seconds of turning into our road is very concerning! Our road has young children and also it's a major school route for children walking to and from willingdon school.... It has always been a concern of mine and I've tried reaching out to people and the pcso before but I've had no response!
I just feel that this needs looking at before something awful happens to someone!
Traffic seems to be very bad & fast during rush hour such as morning & evening! And occasional late evening with the younger drivers speeding through!I appreciate you taking time , I look foward to hearing from you! Many thanksMrs S Boniface
Many thanks for your question Shelley.
Willingdon Speed Watch would love to Speed watch at Park Croft for the residents,I have forwarded your request to our PCSO Ali Beaden, you are in fact the secondresident who has requested we monitor your road, last time we contacted Wealden Speed watch PCSO,who has to sanction a site the response was rather negative, however, we will persevere.
Thank you for recommending a workman to add a conservatory to my house. He did an excellent job and was a very tidy workman.Was a relief to find someone reliable and trustworthy.
Thank you for the feedback Nita, they are an excellent company, and reasonable prices as well.
SirWith reference to your latest newsletter summer 2016 and your piece "are you guilty of anti-social behavior?"First and foremost, anti-social behaviour is deemed in law to be a criminal offence and therefore such references made in your newsletter to such acts are made on your assumptions to be a criminal offence. The parking of any vehicle that is taxed, mot'd and insured is by law allowed to park anywhere on the public highway where no parking restrictions are enforced. Parking a road legal vehicle outside any house, let alone a neighbours for any amount of time, is not Sir as you state an act of "anti-social behaviour"
There are no such antisocial behaviour laws that state a vehicle belonging to yourself cannot be parked outside a neighbours house for any duration of time. (Ref local policing advice)You also state that continual DIY noise is also in your consideration ant-social behaviour. There is no restriction to DIY noise within the hours laid down in law so to state this is anti-social behaviour is incorrect. Is professional builder noise also ASB in your opinion? Like loud music played after a certain time of night is, greed.The slamming of doors is evidently not any criminal offence under any anti-social laws either.If your references to all of the above have come from a single source, you have unfortunately failed to mention much bigger acts of "ASB" by a certain individual new to the area. The last 18 months turning the road into a constant non-stop building site.
I refer to rear extensions will continual noise, dirt, mess, vans parked over driveways for weeks on end. Continual bathroom renovations with vans double parked, parked outside neighbours, parked across driveways, noise, mess for weeks on end. Five weeks of absolute hell whilst a front garden is ripped up for a block paving driveway. Five weeks of 4 vans blocking the road, parked outside my house day in day out. Vans and tippers left across my driveway, completely blocking it not just an overhanging bumper and abused when asked to move them. Tons of sand, cement, bricks dumped on the grass verges and across my drive. Five weeks of continual brick dry brick cutting that took 3 weeks to have professionally cleaned form the exterior and interior of my property and neighbours. Two cars with ruined paint that are now booked in for resprays at huge cost to me due to brick dust damage.That Sir is ASB on a level that your source nor your piece mentions.
Obviously this will be addressed in your next issue of newsletter?
The article you refer to was in fact written for Neighbourhood Watch by a retired Police Officer , and was meant to make residents aware of the many problems that they might cause their neighbours.
Our advice is, make your problems known to the Parish Council, our PCSO’s and Wealden District Council,also try and gather video evidence, and seek legal advice from a solicitor.
Sorry we cannot be of more help to you.
Is it not time for a Neighbourhood watch newsletterwith more pages in it so we can get more information?
Bill Tate lower Willingdon.
Thank you for your enquiry Bill Tate.
The last person to call me Raymondo was my dear Mother.
As much as we would like to circulate a larger newsletter,this would incur more cost and as WNW has very little financial support...No can do.....Ray....mondo.
Good morning Neighbourhood watch,
I am ratherconcerned that I have not seen a PCSO on any streetin Willingdon for over a year, would you know why this is, and might the situation improve?
Can’t really give you a positive answer to our very first feedback question,however, I believe that around 100 new PCSOs are being recruited in Sussexduring the coming year, still rather thin on the ground, but better than nothing.Unfortunately over that past 20 years we have seen one Government make cutsto our Police numbers, followed with increases by another, followed by further cuts.
Personally I would love to see far more Police Officers patrolling our streets, andwho knows perhaps one day our wishes might come true.....Ray