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To Provide Better Facilities for Young People in Southminster

Provide Better Facilities for Young People in Southminster.


We, the undersigned, are concerned that, because there are few facilities for young people in Southminster, they are congregating around the junction of the footpath between New Moor Crescent and Station Road, and the car park for Priors' Court (a sheltered housing development administered by Colne Housing).


Most of these young people are polite and move on when asked, but even they can be intimidating to lone pensioners, some of whom will not use the footpath at all.


Other young people are out of a different mould. They can be abusive and threatening, and have vandalised fences and street furniture.


We believe that, in the short term, CCTV cameras around the affected area would discourage all groups and we hope this can be expedited as soon as humanly possible.


In the medium term, more frequent patrols by Police, CPS and Rangers, around known hotspots, would discourage them further. Visits to schools by any (or all) of the aforementioned officers, perhaps including one or two of the affected residents, may help all the young people to understand how intimidating their presence can be.


In the longer term, we believe the solution is to provide an informal venue within Southminster centre (ideally shop premises) which would give our young villagers somewhere warm and dry to go, like a coffee bar of olden times or an alcohol-free pub, to be manned by volunteers from the end of the school day to, say, 22:00.


If nothing is done, we believe the situation will only get worse, given the amount of new development around the village, and the consequential (further) strain on infrastructure.


Not Specified
Monday, 25 March 2019
Tuesday, 30 April 2019
John Lyons
This petition currently has 1 signatures in total.
Petition Signatories
1 electronic signatures
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John Lyons - Petitioner
This petition has been reviewed and the following response has been offered:

Dear Mr Lyons


Thank you for raising a petition regarding facilities for young people in Southminster.

Your petition has now closed and received 1 signature.  Unfortunately, this  does not reach the threshold set out in the Council's Petitions Procedure at which action will be taken and I therefore regret that you will receive no further response in relation to this issue.

Thank you once again for your concern about this issue.


Kind regards

Essex County Council Petitions Team



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29/05/2019 16:35 Emma Tombs Response PublishedResponse Published
29/05/2019 16:35 Emma Tombs Response ApprovedResponse Published
29/05/2019 15:34 Judith Dignum  Response Awaiting Approval
29/05/2019 12:57 Emma Tombs Response RejectedResponse Pending
17/05/2019 12:10 Jasmine Carswell  Response Awaiting Approval
01/05/2019 04:24(System Event)Petition Closed (responder emailed requesting response)Response Pending
01/05/2019 04:24(System Event)Petition Closed (responder emailed requesting response)Response Pending
18/03/2019 13:29 Jasmine Carswell Petitioner notified by email that petition has been approvedAwaiting Opening Date
18/03/2019 13:28 Jasmine Carswell Petition Signed - John Lyons - PetitionerAwaiting Opening Date
18/03/2019 13:28 Jasmine Carswell Approver Allocated: Judith Dignum Awaiting Opening Date
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