COUNCIL TO CONSIDER SPENDING £20,000 ON KEEPING TRESPASSERS OUT….
COUNCIL TO CONSIDER SPENDING £20,000 ON KEEPING TRESPASSERS OUT.
This coming week I will be joining other Councillors for a meeting of the Town Council's Policy & Resources Committee where we are being asked to spend up to £20,000 on new security measures to stop trespassers gaining entry to our recreation areas and setting up camp.
2020 was a particularly bad year. We saw damage caused to Council property and incursions onto Council owned land at Calmore, Eling Recreation ground and Goatee beach, as well as the nearby Eling quay area.
It takes quite a lot of work to move the people on, including legal action and there is often a clear-up to do afterwards.
After many years of promising to do something, Government have finally got around to changing the law to make this activity a criminal offence. However, it is too early to tell whether it will make a difference to those who choose to keep doing this.
I would much rather be spending £20,000 on things that would benefit the local community. I would be interested in hearing views about whether the Council should spend this money in that way… or wait and see if the new law has an impact first. I am tempted to suggest holding off, but am capable of being persuaded….
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